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Meet Luciana

Luciana's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Luciana (she/her) is a trans woman of color, a survivor of childhood physical trauma, a caregiver, a partner, and a proud auntie who is "simply trying to co-exist in this world.

"I am currently a contract worker. I do not receive health benefits and am the lowest paid person in my office," she shares. "My partner [who is also trans] has Crohn's disease which contributed to her job loss, leading to us lose housing." As a result, Luciana is the sole provider. "As a trans person of color working in corporate America, I already face significant adversity. The fear I feel when someone says calls out beard shadow is paralyzing at times. Facial hair removal will give me more confidence in my workplace and will allow to find better employment without the fear of discrimination."

Luciana's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 8, 2023

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

    September 27, 2023

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

    December 28, 2023

    Luciana shared, "My life has truly transformed since undergoing electrolysis/laser with Point of Pride. The impact is profound, I no longer need to rely on heavy makeup, and the reduction in shaving has significantly enhanced my daily comfort and confidence."
  • Care Received

    December 29, 2023

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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