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Meet Keri

Keri's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Keri (she/her) is a trans woman of color from Georgia. She is unemployed due to a disability, and has been unable to find work full-time. Keri worries her facial hair contributes to her inability to find work.

She writes, “Shaving seems to get rid of 80-85% of the shadow for my beard, but my mustache shows through no matter how much concealer I use. After about 4-5 hours, my beard shadow is visible again.” Once she’s able to find employment, Keri hopes to find stable housing and afford a legal name change.

Keri's timeline

  • Award Granted

    May 8, 2019

    Keri was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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