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Meet Erica

Erica's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Erica (she/they) is a 30-year-old Black trans woman from New Orleans who has been seeking affordable routes for trans affirming care for over three years. After beginning to transition socially in 2020, they experienced difficulty making money as the industry they work in was heavily impacted by COVID-19. Due to a lack of income, they've found it difficult to save the amount of money needed to further pursue care.

"Accessing proper gender-affirming healthcare would allow much more room for me to grow," Erica shares. "It will provide me with more safety, relieve me of deep internal distress, and allow for my presentation to represent my very personal gender experience."

Erica is a longtime musician, putting out music for over 10-years with several collectives. She's also a writer, illustrator & small business owner. She's a fan of video games, comic books, films, and designer street wear. She's supported by a loving partner of 7 years, a loving network of friends and a strong, close-knit family.

Erica's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 27, 2023

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

    August 15, 2023

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

    December 14, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Erica'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 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.