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Meet Kanautica


Kanautica's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Kanautica (she/her) is a 42-year-old Black and Latinx trans woman in North Carolina. "Being a transgender woman fighting for equal rights to medical care has exacerbated my gender dysphoria, caused extreme mental and psychological distress, and placed me at grave risk of physical harm," she shares.

"Receiving this grant will allow me to be myself without makeup when I am within society and enjoy my day," Kanautica explains. "It will also allow me to feel like the woman I know I am, authentically."

Kanautica describes herself as a "breath of fresh air" and loves to express herself verbally to anyone who listens. She cherishes her family, and being trans only amplifies these qualities. 

Kanautica's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 4, 2024

    Kanautica 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 Kanautica'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.