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Meet Nyla


Nyla's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Nyla (they/her) is a 23-year-old gender non-conforming individual who is seeking hair removal to prepare for gender-affirming surgery later this year. Due to unemployment and the expensive medications they need, Nyla is struggling to make ends meet and pay their bills. As a result, they are currently facing housing instability.

Nyla describes herself as a kind individual who takes an active role in her community and frequently goes to orphanages to assist with laundry. They share, "Hair removal will allow me surgery, which will give me the change to live a happy and fulfilling life in my community."

Nyla's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 21, 2023

    Nyla was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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