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Meet Kei

Kei's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Kei (she/her) is a 22-year-old intersex trans femme seeking out a gender-corrective surgery from non-consensual body modifications at birth. Due to financial restraints from being a full-time student and paying all of her bills by herself, she is unable to afford the electrolysis sessions needed prior to surgery.

"Finally, I'm a step closer to receiving surgery to correct two decades of trauma caused by the malpractice of non-consensual surgeries performed on intersex children," Kei shares. As a Black-Pacific Islander and Asian-American artist who is third-generation, her art incorporates her identities and truly is a part of her. She likes to include characters in her stories that look like her as well to create representation and inclusivity.

Kei's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 4, 2023

    Kei was awarded a grant toward 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 Kei'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.