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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Jennifer (she/her) is a 24-year old Black trans femme seeing gender expansive surgeries and procedures. Although she lives with burdensome financial and medical challenges of her own, Jennifer helps support fellow Black queer and trans folks in her community, and enjoys spending time with friends.

In her application, Jennifer shared, "The psychological toll of shaving often, even daily, is exhausting and has caused hyperpigmentation and scarring in the process of my attempts to feel comfortable in my body. " Now, Jennifer is looking forward to a joyful future: "Gender-affirming hair removal will only improve my life and make navigating spaces as a Black trans femme easier."

Jennifer's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 21, 2022

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

    August 25, 2022

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

    November 17, 2022

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

    February 16, 2024

    Jennifer was offered a Renewal Award
  • Care Received

    May 9, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Jennifer's permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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