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Meet Isabella

Isabella's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Isabella

Isabella (she/her) is Latinx trans woman from Illinois. She is currently studying communication, with a focus on media representation of trans people. As a college student, it has been hard for her to find a way to afford laser hair removal. With this grant, Isabella is excited to not have to shave her face every single day in order to navigate public without worry.

Isabella's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 25, 2022

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

    May 3, 2022

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

    May 31, 2022

    A payment has been made toward Isabella's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    January 25, 2024

    Isabella was offered a Renewal Award
  • Care Received

    May 29, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Isabella'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 Isabella'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.