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Meet Jennifer


Jennifer's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Jennifer (she/her) is a 57-year-old trans woman from Washington who is unable to fund any hair removal services herself, as she is on a fixed Social Security income due to dyslexia and scoliosis of the spine. While she currently has a roof over her head, her future housing situation is uncertain.

"Having this hair removal is going to be life-changing," Jennifer shares. "It will make me feel better about myself and about how others respond to me."

"This financial assistance means the world to me," she continues, "and it will be amazing to have my outward appearance reflect how I feel inside."

Jennifer's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 10, 2024

    Jennifer was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    May 13, 2024

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

  • Care Received

    June 15, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Jennifer's 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 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.