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Meet Junie

Junie's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Junie (she/her) is a 19-year-old trans woman of color seeking electrolysis hair removal. Junie is a full-time student that also works to support herself. Hair removal is a service not covered by Junie's insurance and would have to be paid out of pocket before her surgery date. Junie's health insurance is not very supportive on gender-affirming healthcare, so her past requests for coverage have been rejected or ignored by her insurance company.

"Hair removal will affect my life immensely: it will give me confidence, hope, and the ability to have the surgery I need." Junie is an artist and is an aspiring game animator who hopes to start a game studio in the future.

Junie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 27, 2023

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

    May 28, 2024

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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