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Meet Jamie


Jamie's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Jamie (she/her) is a 57-year-old trans woman living in Tucson, Arizona. She is disabled and has two service dogs. Jamie began her transition in July 2021 and has tried laser hair removal, but it does not remove the gray hair she has.

Jamie experiences gender dysphoria, and the hair on her body is very triggering. "I feel very unattractive and uncomfortable with having to shave," she shares. Having electrolysis would eliminate the hair and make her feel more feminine. While some of her surgeries have been covered by Medicare, unfortunately, electrolysis is not.

Receiving assistance for electrolysis would significantly improve Jamie's quality of life, helping her feel more comfortable and confident in her identity. This support would alleviate the distress caused by her body hair and contribute to her overall sense of well-being.

Jamie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 12, 2024

    Jamie was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

On average, it costs $2,300+ for Jamie'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.