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Meet Noelle

Noelle's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Noelle (she/her) is a 24-year-old trans woman from New York City seeking electrolysis treatment. She’s been dealing with immense financial stress and housing insecurity, among other challenges. She’s disabled and immunocompromised and has been living in poverty, consistently trying to scramble to figure things out to survive. Noelle has turned to mutual aid programs and starting a GoFundMe in order to survive, as she's simply unable to afford HRT, laser/wax treatments, and other gender-affirming needs.

"I'm excited to not have to worry about constantly shaving and cutting myself or making ingrown hairs in the process," Noelle shares. "I do not want to hide behind a mask. I want to show my face proudly, without dark facial hair poking out and destroying my self-esteem."

Noelle describes herself as a kind and patient harm reductionist, fighting and hoping to bring awareness to overdose deaths and the  stigma associated with drugs and people who use drugs. 

Noelle's timeline

  • Award Granted

    October 10, 2023

    Noelle was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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