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Meet Dani

Dani's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Dani (they/them) is a non-binary Black femme from California. Since being laid off, Dani has been living off savings and trying to find stable employment, which means they had to discontinue their hair removal treatments when it became too expensive to continue. Like many other femme trans folks, Dani’s facial hair causes fear and embarrassment, and holds them back from participating fully in life.

Dani writes, “My beard is very noticeable and only seems to be worse from shaving and plucking. My finances have prevented me from being able to give myself this gift [of hair removal] that I need. I want this, but it is also a need. It will change my entire outlook on my future.”

Dani's timeline

  • Award Granted

    May 8, 2019

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

    July 17, 2019

    A payment has been made toward Dani's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 30, 2019

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

    February 22, 2024

    Dani was offered a renewal award

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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