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Meet Michelle

Michelle's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Michelle (she/her) is a trans woman seeking electrolysis in preparation for bottom surgery. "I have been very blessed that my insurance was able to cover my medical expenses when it comes to my bilateral orchiectomy and [gender-affirming hormone therapy]," she shared, "but they will not cover the electrolysis hair removal I need first in order to access vaginoplasty."

Michelle describes herself as a caring, happy-go-lucky type, who enjoys being around family and friends. She is eager to continue her healthcare journey: "[Bottom surgery] will help me be much less conscious of my body, and help me psychologically and mentally. I will finally be at ease."

Michelle's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 20, 2022

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

    February 3, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Michelle'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 Michelle'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.