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Meet Melanie

Melanie's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Melanie (she/they) is a Muslim transgender woman who, in her words, "has been battling a long uphill battle with body hair." Melanie first came out as trans at age 14. "I had a hard time being accepted due to cultural and religious differences."

Her facial hair makes her worry about her physical safety when in public: "I wear a mask all the time as most days, I am simply unable to hide my beard shadow. Access to hair removal will make me feel more confident and authentic in my womanhood."

Melanie's timeline

  • Award Granted

    August 3, 2022

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

    February 3, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Melanie'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 Melanie'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.