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Meet Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlia's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Dahlia (she/her) is a 23-year-old trans woman seeking electrolysis. She faces significant financial challenges due to the high cost of her medications and living expenses. In the past, Dahlia has also dealt with housing insecurity, having been almost evicted four times, and does not qualify for government assistance. She recently had breast augmentation but did not qualify for FMLA at her job, forcing her to fall three months behind on rent and play catch-up with all her bills.

She shaves every day, and as a result, she feels incomplete. Looking to the future, Dahlia is excited to be hair-free and to have that sense of completeness that has been missing: "I am excited to be able to walk around and look and feel like a woman, and to be able to just wake up in the morning and go without worrying about putting on makeup or if people can see my 5 o’clock shadow."

Dahlia is an active member of her community and a good friend, helping the homeless by feeding them and taking care of her grandfather. She also enjoys painting and pottery.

Dahlia's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 7, 2024

    Dahlia was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    May 7, 2024

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

  • Renewal Award Granted

    May 24, 2024

    Dahlia was offered a Renewal Award!

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  • Care Received

    May 31, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Dahlia'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 Dahlia'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.