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Meet Paris


Paris' story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Paris (she/her) is a 73-year-old pre-op trans woman who is beginning her third year of HRT. Although she has been dressing femme since the age of 5, only since she started taking feminine hormones has she set aside the guilt and shame and embraced her life as a woman. Every day she presents as female, she reinforces who she knows herself to be and affirm her desire to seek bottom surgery. Even though her family does not support her transition, she has adequate support from members of the community.

"It takes me up to an hour each day to shave my grey facial hair," shares Paris. "My bottom grey hair is an issue, too: bottom surgery cannot happen until the area is cleared, and laser hair removal is ineffective on grey hair. This grant towards electrolysis is so important for that reason." As a former lawyer, she speaks and writes well and has a history of championing the underdog. 

Paris' timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 3, 2023

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

    September 14, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Paris's 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 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.