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Meet Jem


Jem's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Jem (she/her) is a 21-year-old trans woman. Jem shared, "It took me a long time to find that name, Jem, let alone who it belongs to. There were many nights where I never thought I'd make it to this point... I've only recently begun to fall in love with who I see in my reflection." In her life, she has dealt with issues including housing insecurity, the financial responsibility of her transition, and experiencing various forms of employment discrimination. She feels this grant and access to hair removal will alleviate a major aspect of her journey with identity. She shared, "To empower my community, I've taken on the position of Senator of Gender Equality to make my school a more comfortable and safe space for non-binary and trans students." She's also written an article on the topic of "realness" where she addresses the stigma of "passing" and highlights what truth and authenticity means for trans people.

Jem's timeline

  • Award Granted

    January 14, 2022

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

    January 28, 2022

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

    March 8, 2022

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

    February 6, 2024

    Jem was offered a renewal award

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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