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Meet Danika


Danika's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Danika (she/her) began transitioning in 2020 at the age of 49, after a lifelong struggle to accept her transgender identity and come out as her authentic self. She knew who she was from an early age, but the social climate and attitudes toward LGBT people in her part of the world made it feel unsafe to do so. Danika struggled heavily with depression on her journey and is a survivor. Although she is in a state where it is somewhat feasible to obtain treatment for Gender Dysphoria, she has not been able to afford or secure the needed assistance for facial hair removal, one of her largest sources of dysphoria. Her insurance does not cover it. To maintain the insurance that allowed her to continue her transition, Danika had to leave a full-time position at her job.

"This was my second time applying for funding from Point of Pride, and I am so grateful I was able to receive funding to help me live as my authentic self safely and happily," Danika shares.

Danika is an artist who began studying art at an early age and obtained a degree in Studio Arts in 1995. Although she has worked professionally as an artist, she found that doing artwork as a profession erased the joy she found in her creative expression. She now works as a direct support professional, supporting adults with developmental disabilities. "It is not only my job but also my joy," she says. One of her biggest dreams is to meet a partner she can spend the rest of her life with and hopefully adopt and raise a displaced trans child who needs love and support. "I am now 53 and don't know when or if that will happen, but the dream keeps me happy," Danika shares.

Receiving electrolysis treatments will change Danika's life. "Aside from assisting in my health and happiness, it will make me feel safer in this world," she explains. When she first came out, her gender presentation was somewhat awkward as she was not used to expressing herself publicly. Some people were less than kind during that period, and it was challenging. As she grows into herself and feels more comfortable in her skin, people treat her a lot kinder, and she is rarely misgendered. "Electrolysis is the next step in my journey. It will be such a relief to not have constant underlying anxiety and dysphoria as I go about my life. I am extremely happy and excited I was chosen to receive funding for this treatment," Danika concludes.

Danika's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 8, 2024

    Danika was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    June 11, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Danika'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 Danika'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.