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Meet Hannah

Hannah's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Hannah (she/her) is a 32-year-old trans woman who is disabled on SSDI income. She is currently living out of her car while navigating homelessness. "In Kentucky, it is hard to get gainful employment with security and decent health insurance while being trans." As a result, Hannah's relying on sex work to support herself, though she often feels her safety is threatened due to her facial hair.

"Safety is my number one priority these days," Hannah shared, "which is why hair removal is so important. It will help me go about my everyday life with more confidence and safety." She describes herself as a strong, happy, and resilient woman "not afraid to tackle life."

Hannah's timeline

  • Award Granted

    August 13, 2022

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

    February 3, 2023

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

    February 27, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Hannah'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 Hannah'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.