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Meet Paris


Paris' story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Paris (she/her) is a self-described "Southern Belle who still believes in fairy tales." At 38 years old, she decided that transitioning full-time was the right step for her. "I could no longer wear a suit and tie to mask internal lies," Paris shares. From as early as she can remember, she has always identified as female.

However, the many urgent expenses associated with transitioning, including laser hair removal, have been challenging to afford. "Laser hair removal is one that I've not been able to afford," she explains.

"Getting this hair removed from my face will make my daily routine go so much smoother," Paris says. "I can now feel comfortable and more like a woman."

Paris' timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 10, 2024

    Paris was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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