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Meet Ellie


Ellie's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Ellie (she/her) is a 28-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican transgender woman from New York City. Since she has come to terms with her gender and sexuality, she has been ostracized from her family and their care, both financially and emotionally. She has worked extremely hard to stay focused on her transition and stay off of the streets; however, due to the high cost of living in NYC and discriminatory hiring practices, she has found it very difficult to pay for life-affirming care.

"This grant will support me as I strive for the greatness I know I can achieve," Ellie shares. "I am excited for what the world has to offer. I am ready to succeed with confidence, instead of allowing my gender dysphoria to keep me inside. I want to feel confident in the sun, not alone in the shadows."

Ellie has a degree Film Production, has completed Cosmetology school, and is almost finished with a 9-month intensive graphic design course. She hopes to learn Japanese and travel to Japan someday.

Ellie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 29, 2023

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

    December 21, 2023

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

    February 28, 2024

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

    March 7, 2024

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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