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Meet Clei

Clei's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Clei (they/them) is a 49-year-old intersex, non-binary person seeking hair removal on their face and in prep for bottom surgery. "My parents and doctor performed surgery on me as a child without my consent, making the decision on what gender they thought was best. My life has been one constant struggle," Clei shares. Thankfully, they've found a supportive partner who is helping them transition to the both that best fits them.

"I am really looking forward to looking in the mirror and seeing the person on the outside match the person on the inside. To walk around freely and not feel as if people are staring at me." Clei enjoys the outdoors, especially kayaking, hiking, and camping. "I'm a wilderness educator and survival instructor who enjoys finding other trans and intersex people to take out for adventures, where we can all be ourselves in a comfortable setting."

Clei's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 11, 2023

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

    October 17, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Clei's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    November 17, 2023

    Clei shared, "I'm starting to see small areas of permanent hair removal. And this greatly helps with my confidence and gender dysphoria. And gives me hope for the future I am starting to feel more confident with moving forward with my transition. I am noticing less hair coming in on my face and this makes me happy. I look forward to coming in for the clinic to get my electrolysis done. I am waiting for my surgery consultation at the end of 2024."
  • Care Received

    December 11, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Clei's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    January 29, 2024

    Clei was offered a renewal award

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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