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Meet Harper

Harper's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Harper (she/her) is a 32-year-old trans woman whom is seeking laser hair removal. She lives currently with financial challenges due to limited available jobs in her field; this has caused the loss of her home and rely on all of the savings she had earmarked for treatments so she could afford necessities. Harper is an activist for computer literacy and security awareness, helping people understand and more safely use the technology of our current time. She is a hobby game designer and board game enthusiast whom frequents tabletop events, and she enjoys long hikes in the woods and camping when possible. 

Harper shares, "I am thrilled with the idea of being able to look in a mirror and not be filled with dread at what is looking back at me. To feel less shame about how my face looks and to not have the pain that comes with shaving three plus times a day. I look forward this beautiful future as myself."

Harper's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 18, 2023

    Harper was awarded a grant toward 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 Harper'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.