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Meet Joycelyn

Joycelyn's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Joycelyn (she/her) is a retired US military veteran and Latinx trans woman from Texas. In her application, she shared that she is a survivor of abuse and has a history of homelessness/housing insecurity, and that transitioning is one means to move forward and “leave the old me behind.”

As a mother and grandparent, she longs for a future where she feels like herself. She writes, “I’m in pain. I hate, hate, hate when I cry when I see myself in the mirror. [I feel like] time is running out.” Following permanent hair removal services and gender-affirming surgery, Joycelyn is eager to update her gender on legal documentation.

Joycelyn's timeline

  • Award Granted

    August 20, 2020

    Joycelyn was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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