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Meet Cryptic


Cryptic's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Cryptic (they/she) is a transfeminine, non-binary person struggling with financial hardship due to a significant loss of support during her transition. Additionally, as a neurodivergent individual, they have struggled to find and maintain employment. Cryptic is hopeful that permanent hair removal will aid them in having increased confidence and safety as they navigate society.

"I am looking forward to a day where I am less inclined to hide my face and do not have to spend so much time lost in the dysphoria of shaving," Cryptic shares. "I am hopeful that permanent hair removal will help me gain confidence and safety as I try to find stability."

Cryptic is a juggler and performance artist and an active member of their community. They also have a special interest in hiking and have completed thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail, John Muir Trail, and 800 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Cryptic's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 8, 2024

    Cryptic was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    May 16, 2024

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

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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