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Meet Lorelei

Lorelei's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Lorelei (she/her) is a 35-year-old disabled, neurodivergent/Autistic, deaf, non-binary trans woman. She's had 3 gender-affirming surgeries so far, with 2-3 more surgeries coming up in the near future, all covered by her state's Medicaid plan. In the past, Lorelei was homeless for 10+ years before making permanent roots in Vermont when the pandemic hit. Due to limited income, she can't afford pre-surgery treatments such as hair removal services.

Lorelei shares, "While hair removal will help me in that I won't have to shave anymore or deal with judgmental looks from transphobes, I will feel like I belong at last in my own skin and body, especially after my upcoming surgeries."

Lorelei is an activist for various causes in her community (online, in Vermont, and nationwide) as well as a content creator, streamer, comedian, and artist. In the face of challenges, she still remains hopeful, thanks in large part to her wonderful group of true friends. Lorelei describes herself as loyal, funny, creative, and brutally honest at times, though she will always be there for the people she loves.

Lorelei's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 20, 2023

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

    July 6, 2023

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

    September 6, 2023

    Lorelei shared, "[This grant] has allowed me access to what was an unattainable and unaffordable expense to finish my gender transition after a long journey and to get a lot done so that I could finish what I started, get ready for the surgeries to come and then move forward with the next steps of my journey after surgeries."
  • Care Received

    September 25, 2023

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

    November 30, 2023

    Lorelei shared, "It's allowed me to be more true to my real authentic self in my gender transition journey and finally be able to finish said transition and meet the required goals of getting the surgeries done."

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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