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Meet Jon

Jon's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Jon (they/them) is a non-binary trans femme person from Maryland. Like Rose, Jon has to shave twice daily in order to relieve gender dysphoria and feel secure.

We were moved by Jon’s perseverance living with anxiety, PTSD, and an eating disorder, as well as Jon’s difficulty finding employment due to their trans status.

Jon's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 28, 2018

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

    August 26, 2018

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

    January 26, 2024

    Jon 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 Jon'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.