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James' story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


James (he/they) is a 36-year-old nonbinary trans masculine person. He has struggled to get his medical costs covered after he was laid off 2 months after starting a job. He then was unemployed for a year. Currently, his insurance will cover phalloplasty but not the electrolysis necessary prior to the surgery. "I'm very excited to be able to live life in the body I've always seen myself having," James shares. "I can't wait to no longer have to worry about my packer falling out!"

James loves animals and has devoted a large part of his life to doing animal rescue, having previously taken in dozens of animals for rehabilitation and rehoming. James and his partner currently live a quiet life with their two dogs.

James' timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 20, 2023

    James was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Masc Award

On average, it costs $1,700+ for James' care.

What is it?

Point of Pride provides grants to trans masc people seeking hair removal on an area of their body in preparation for bottom surgery.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Electrolysis and laser hair removal services are often deemed cosmetic and therefore not covered by health insurance plans, even if such services are medical prerequisites for a covered surgery. For people who cannot afford hair removal, they are stuck without options to move forward with their healthcare needs.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

After completing hair removal, these folks are able to move forward with their surgeries. In itself, this often leads to a more positive emotional well-being, increased confidence, and more.