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Meet Kaci

Kaci's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Kaci

Kaci (she/her) is a trans woman who has been on an extremely long journey since childhood. She has been on SSI and SSDI for a long time, and therefore is very limited in her funds to afford care for the gender dysphoria she experiences. She has been struggling for 35+ years with health issues, homelessness, and lack of supportive friends and family. Over the years, Kaci has tried many different avenues to save, sell, and work to have enough funds for electrolysis. She is extremely insecure in public, often  hiding her face to conceal a 5 o'clock shadow.

On receiving this grant, Kaci shares, "When I got the email, it literally brought tears to my eyes... This is one step closer to feeling like I can walk in public and hold my head up high and finally say—after 57 years—'I am a complete woman.'" Kaci is extremely multi-talented in music, and volunteers her time with Pride events.

Kaci's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 20, 2023

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

    August 2, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Kaci's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 11, 2023

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

    January 26, 2024

    Kaci was offered a Renewal Award
  • Care Received

    February 13, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Kaci's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    April 29, 2024

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

  • Renewal Award Granted

    May 9, 2024

    Kaci was offered a Renewal Award!

  • Renewal Award Granted

    May 10, 2024

    Kaci was offered a Renewal Award!

  • Care Received

    May 24, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Kaci'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 Kaci'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.