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June

June's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

June (she/they) is a 25-year-old Afro-Latine trans woman in the process of getting electrolysis treatment for permanent hair removal. Her history with the healthcare system has been complex, presenting significant obstacles in her medical transition. Like many BIPOC individuals, her needs were often not respected by healthcare providers, leading to further complications. Health insurers have been equally unhelpful, but she lives frugally and does what she can to get by.

Working hard is an integral part of June's life. She is an electrical engineer, working full-time designing power grids while also attending college part-time to earn her B.S. in Engineering. June loves being outdoors and active—hiking, swimming, and biking are some of her favorite activities, aside from cuddling with her partner's cat. She also loves to bake and make art, drawing inspiration from her family of creatives.

Having access to this gender-affirming healthcare will have both immediate and lasting positive effects for June. "No more waking up extra early to shave at the start of the day, no more ingrown hairs or razor nicks," she shares. "No more scraping pennies together to afford the cost of living and the costs of medical transition. Once I get this care, I'll just be able to exist as I am. Just a woman who finally gets to feel comfortable in her own skin."

Receiving this support will significantly improve June's quality of life, allowing her to focus on her passions and daily activities without the constant burden of managing her facial hair.

June's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 9, 2024

    June was awarded a grant toward 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 June'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.