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Meet Kristyn

Kristyn's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Kristyn (she/her) is a trans woman from Kentucky. She shares, “As a disabled trans person, care is certainly cost-prohibitive. My facial hair specifically has been a large source of pain and dysphoria for me most of my life.

After publicly coming out, it became a priority but remained out of reach financially. I started my medical transition two years ago and have been overjoyed at the changes, but the shadow of my dysphoria comes around whenever I am forced to shave. I am lost at the reflection in the mirror.” She is ecstatic by this funding and calls it “the bright spot I so desperately needed!”

Kristyn's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 27, 2021

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

    August 10, 2021

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

    October 5, 2021

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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