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Meet Janiece

Janiece's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Janiece (she/her) is a 32-year-old trans woman who has survived homelessness and  incarceration. While she has finally been able to get off the streets, the cost of living often gets in the way of her ability to afford a medical transition. She knows how much receiving gender-affirming healthcare will change the way she lives her life.

"Being seen as who I am is one step closer to living a peaceful life," she shared. "I know I will be able to accomplish so much more." She is currently working in the community by starting a queer youth group in her area, and hopes to soon open a community center.

Janiece's timeline

  • Award Granted

    October 27, 2021

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

    November 18, 2021

    A payment has been made toward Janiece's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    April 30, 2023

    Janiece shared, "[Access to hair removal] means a lot with my transitioning. Having facial hair was the most impactful, depressing part of transitioning. Being able not to worry about facial hair, shaving and having smooth skin brings a whole other level of confidence"

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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