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Meet Dria


Dria's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Dria (she/her) is a 29-year-old trans woman seeking electrolysis and laser hair removal as one of her first significant steps in gender-affirming care. After facing a severe health scare that left her with crippling medical debt, her personal goals for her transition were put on hold as she struggled to stay afloat financially and avoid worsening her insecure housing situation.

On what this grant means to her, Dria shares, "In my daily life, I try to exude confidence in the way I carry myself through the world, but the dysphoria I feel surrounding facial hair is absolutely unbearable. Electrolysis will allow me more security—more self-assuredness—in my womanhood. Not to mention the layers of safety that come with this type of gender-affirming care. I can't express how grateful I am for this!"

Dria is an artist, educator, and active community member who strives to leave a positive impact on those around her. She hopes to use her skills, knowledge, and resources to help build a better tomorrow for marginalized individuals both locally and abroad.

Dria's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 8, 2024

    Dria 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 Dria'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.