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Lucile

Lucile's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Lucile (she/they) has been seeking facial hair removal since first realizing she was trans femme. To mitigate the dysphoria caused by her facial hair, Lucile has tried to make it look more like contour by keeping it closely trimmed. While this has had some success, it has never fully achieved the desired effect and has still caused her significant dysphoria. Additionally, Lucile's sensitive, allergy-prone skin easily gets razor burns, making shaving a painful ordeal. "I'm excited to be leaving this behind me finally," Lucile shares.

For Lucile, facial hair removal is not just about alleviating dysphoria; it also means significant long-term financial savings for a disabled person already struggling with financial burdens. "I'll finally feel more myself, both to myself, as well as to others around me," she explains. The ability to present herself authentically will lead to greater happiness and well-being, allowing Lucile to live her life more fully and joyfully.

Lucile's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 22, 2024

    Lucile was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    May 6, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Lucile'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 Lucile'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.