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Meet Marie


Marie's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Marie (she/her) is a 23-year-old Black trans woman and college student from Illinois. "In going to college, I've had to financially support myself because I come from a poor background, so there's not a lot financially that my family can do. When I started my transition, and thought about the things that I'd need to alleviate dysphoria, the first issue I always consider is cost. This grant means so much to me."

Marie describes herself as charismatic, outgoing, kind, and a music lover. Now more than two years into her transition, she shared, "I've been truly learning the many things that make me me besides just my trans identity, and I'm excited for the rest of my life to get to explore more aspects of who I am."

Marie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 25, 2022

    Marie was awarded a grant toward 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 Marie'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.