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Meet Dolores

Dolores' story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Dolores (she/her) is a 30-year-old neurodivergent Latina trans woman seeking electrolysis. Over her life, she's experienced constant financial hardship, making access to hair removal out of reach. She shared, "As a migrant, I was born into a homeless shelter and have lived on the street for periods of time. This grant will change my life."

She is excited for electrolysis and the boost in self-esteem she'll feel: "I won't have to worry about what clothes are safe and comfortable, or constantly hide my face behind a mask or thick layers of makeup just to avoid exposing my facial hair. Dolores works to help BIPOC queer and trans youth access secure, stable housing, and also is an organizer and advocate for missing and murdered trans women of color.

Dolores' timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 20, 2022

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

    July 18, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Dolores's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    August 21, 2023

    Dolores shared, "Without exaggeration my quality of life is the best its ever been since receiving the electrolysis/laser grant from Point of Pride. Living in a cycle of poverty my entire life, I never thought that I'd ever be able to afford hair removal. I'm happier and more confident that ever, knowing that I finally have what I need to jump the first and tallest hurdle in my transition."
  • Care Received

    December 28, 2023

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

    January 25, 2024

    Dolores was offered a Renewal Award
  • Care Received

    May 3, 2024

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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