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Meet Ciara

Ciara's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Ciara (she/her) is a 23-year-old Black trans woman who works in community outreach. She spends her free time participating in the ballroom scene. "I love community work, I love to dance, and I love to cook!" Ciara shares. And with access to hair removal, she feels hopeful: "I will be more confident presenting as myself!"

Ciara's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 7, 2023

    Ciara was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    August 2, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Ciara's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    April 8, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Ciara's permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Ciara'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.