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Meet Madeline


Madeline's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Madeline (she/her) is a disabled 29-year-old trans woman who someday hopes to get a breast augmentation and facial feminization surgery. Because of her anxiety disorder, however, she is unable to work long hours. With the support of SSI, she just makes enough money to pay for housing and necessities. This has made it difficult to save money towards care like electrolysis and surgery.

Madeline shared, "Receiving gender affirming healthcare would greatly impact my safety. Because of my anxiety, I walk everywhere, and I am harassed often. I would like to finally be able to go about my daily business without possibly being harassed about my gender. I want others to see me as a woman." Madeline is a huge fan of playing music: her tunes always bringing smiles and dancing.

Madeline's timeline

  • Award Granted

    October 29, 2021

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

    December 29, 2021

    A payment has been made toward Madeline'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 Madeline'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.