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Meet Clare

Clare's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Claire (she/her) is a non-binary trans femme seeking facial hair removal. She shares, "I came out in 2019, and didn't start on HRT until 2021. Since then, there have been a lot of improvements, but the amount of hair I'm dealing with still is a great source of dysphoria." She describes herself as a talented musician who loves writing songs that "devastate the heart and swoon the soul," but dysphoria gets in the way of everyday life. "It can be rather crushing, and makes it harder for me to stay present."

Clare's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 7, 2023

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

    July 31, 2023

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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