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Meet Christa

Christa's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Christa (she/her) is a trans woman and combat veteran from Maryland. Following her military service, she began her transition while working as an emergency first responder. Unfortunately, she faced discrimination and threats of violence from her coworkers as a result of her trans identity and was forced to leave her job for fear of her safety.

Employment has been a challenge since, and Christa struggles to stay afloat financially. Additionally, her health insurance specifically excludes trans related care, so permanent hair removal services are an important step in her transition – not just for affirming her gender, but for her safety navigating public spaces.

Christa's timeline

  • Award Granted

    November 12, 2019

    Christa was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Christa's care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans femme people seeking hair removal on their face, neck, or an area of the body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

For trans femme folks, particularly trans femmes of color, access to facial hair removal often equates to safety against anti-trans violence or discrimination. It's common for applicants to note issues with employment and public safety, particularly if their facial hair is dark or thick. Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Access to hair removal often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, increased safety when in public, and better opportunities at employment and more.