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Meet Jess


Jess' story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Jess (she/her) is a 39-year-old disabled trans woman seeking permanent hair removal. Her insurance doesn't cover any access to care, and she has been paying out of pocket for HRT, which takes up all she can afford from her limited income. Her wife of 19 years is also disabled, further limiting their income.

"Receiving care will help me with safety in everyday life, as I live in an area where safety is a big concern," Jess shares. "It will also help with my dysphoria and allow me to live a better life."

Jess is an active member of the Furry Fandom and enjoys helping others in the fandom with their disabilities, especially in dealing with uncooperative doctors. She also helps others find access to trans healthcare. Jess likes computers, gaming, and used to work in IT before her illnesses hit.

Jess' timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 8, 2024

    Jess was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    April 15, 2024

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

  • Care Received

    May 15, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Jess'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 Jess' 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.