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Meet Damonica


Damonica's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Damonica (she/her) is a Black and Latinx trans woman who is seeking hair removal in preparation for vaginoplasty. She has faced homelessness and transphobic rejection from jobs and schools, making her journey especially rough, both financially and emotionally, due to the inhumane people she has dealt with in her everyday life.

Despite her challenges, Damonica has done outreach work with the HIV/AIDS community, helping them get the proper resources they need for their everyday lives, such as medications and other necessities.

Damonica is excited about her post-op because she will finally feel completely at one with her soul. "I will no longer feel weighed down by my previous gender or be overtly sexualized by men who fetishize my pre-op parts," she shares. She looks forward to truly being happy and at one with herself.

Damonica's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 6, 2024

    Damonica was awarded a grant toward 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 Damonica'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.