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Meet Lisa

Lisa's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Lisa

Lisa (she/her) is a 42-year-old Black trans woman. She shares that she has been struggling for years to afford hair removal treatments as she comes from a very low-income family. "Oftentimes, funds have had to be prioritized towards basic living necessities: rent, food, and so on."

Lisa describes herself as selfless and resilient. "I am so looking forward to reducing the discomfort I experience due to the severity of my ingrown hairs."

Lisa's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 3, 2023

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

    April 11, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Lisa's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    May 11, 2023

    Lisa shared, "I'm am truly so much grateful for this program's aid."
  • Care Received

    June 29, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Lisa's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    January 25, 2024

    Lisa was offered a renewal award
  • Care Received

    February 7, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Lisa's permanent hair removal!
  • Update

    February 29, 2024

    Lisa shared, "I have gained a boost of confidence to so go out into the world feeling a bit more self assured in my appearance as a TransWoman. I'm just so very graciously grateful and thankful unto the point of pride family for your assistance in this very sensitive and yet rewarding transition."
  • Care Received

    May 6, 2024

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

  • Renewal Award Granted

    May 9, 2024

    Lisa was offered a Renewal Award!

  • Renewal Award Granted

    May 10, 2024

    Lisa was offered a Renewal Award!

  • Care Received

    May 16, 2024

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.





About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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