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Meet Erica


Erica's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Erica (she/her) is a 31-year-old trans woman of color seeking electrolysis after beginning HRT in 2021 and completing multiple laser treatments over the past year. She has faced financial instability due to fluctuations in employment and hours caused by life events. Erica is currently in the process of undergoing facial feminization surgery and plans to use grant funds for electrolysis once she has recovered enough.

In her spare time, Erica enjoys skateboarding and has found freedom in the sport since 2005. She appreciates the community, where individuals from all walks of life treat each other with respect and kindness. When not skating, practicing guitar, or spending time with friends, Erica is an unpaid caregiver to an elderly family member and helps others whenever she can.

Receiving this opportunity for electrolysis would allow Erica to look in the mirror without facial hair, feel free from a masculine appearance, and continue her journey of shedding her past life and embracing her true identity. "This would help with alleviating anxiety as well as costs for hair removal products/services used to alleviate said anxiety," Erica shares. This support would significantly reduce her stress and help her move forward with greater confidence and peace of mind.

Erica's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 1, 2024

    Erica was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    June 26, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Erica'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 Erica'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.