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Lady's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Lady Dionne (she/her) is a 30-year-old Black trans woman. Due to past trauma, Lady finds obtaining and keeping a job extremely difficult. The challenges of remaining jobless and unable to provide income for her family have left her with feelings of doubt and sadness. Looking in the mirror and seeing how living inauthentically has impacted her leaves Lady on a journey of searching for a way to look at herself more kindly.

"Since meeting my partner in October 2016, I have been his caregiver, cooking and cleaning and doing as much housework as possible while he heals," Lady shares. To occupy her time, Lady draws, paints, writes, and reads. "Anything to take me to a place where I can see myself as exactly how I would like to be perceived: as powerful," she explains.

Lady hopes that receiving permanent hair removal will allow her to smile more authentically. "I remember when I first started as a drag queen. It was maddening. Broken mirrors and hard-to-deal-with feelings. But now when I put makeup on, I see my future and wonder, is it possible to fully manifest my truest self in this life? After 30 years, I sure hope so."

Lady's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 5, 2024

    Lady was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    April 26, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Lady's 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 Lady'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.