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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Jennifer (she/her) is a mixed-race trans woman from Oregon who is dealing with unemployment as a direct result of her trans status.

Jennifer shares, “Being able to walk through day-to-day life without fear of trans-aggressive abuse will make it easier for me to join society. Having one less ‘tell’ about me to strangers will make it more safe to do things like go to the doctor, wait in line at the DMV, go grocery shopping, travel to places outside of larger cities… Shaving my face causes me to have ingrown hairs that also impact my appearance, and not having to shave to leave my house will put an end to those wounds.”

Jennifer's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 27, 2021

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

    August 9, 2021

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

    September 30, 2021

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

    May 9, 2024

    Jennifer was offered a Renewal Award!

  • Care Received

    May 28, 2024

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

Grant details

$1,000 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.