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Meet McKalamari

McKalamari

McKalamari's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

McKalamari (she/her) is a post-op trans femme seeking hair removal on her face and neck. "My journey has been one of both joy and excitement and totally support and understanding; as well as frightening, overwhelming, frustrating and depressing. I’ve been struggling trying to find affirming care, and have sadly been taken advantage of on several occasions."

Despite the challenges she's faced, McKalamari remains positive. "My heart and soul is what I'm known for among my loved ones. I always try to love others how I'd want to be loved." She describes herself as loyal, nurturing, and encouraging to others. She is eager for life following hair removal: "I’m looking forward to life after my electrolysis hair removal procedures to finally feel comfortable with my facial skin."

McKalamari's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 7, 2023

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

    August 1, 2023

    A payment has been made toward McKalamari's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 5, 2023

    A payment has been made toward McKalamari's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    January 25, 2024

    McKalamari was offered a renewal award
  • Care Received

    February 5, 2024

    A payment has been made toward McKalamari's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    March 8, 2024

    A payment has been made toward McKalamari's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    April 18, 2024

    McKalamari was offered a Renewal Award!

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  • Care Received

    May 3, 2024

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

  • Care Received

    May 28, 2024

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

Grant details

$3,750 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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