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Pierre

Pierre's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Pierre (she/they) is a neurodivergent Black transfemme seeking electrolysis to boost their confidence and social safety. Throughout their life, Pierre has faced housing insecurity and financial hardship, making it difficult to focus on personal needs and comfort. As they began to explore their identity and understand the impact of gender dysphoria on their mental health, Pierre has seen a pathway to greater confidence and connection to their body.

A multi-talented artist, Pierre has a particular passion for reclaimed media sculpture and is also a musician at heart. "I am kept by the music in my heart," Pierre shares, highlighting their deep connection to their artistic pursuits.

Receiving electrolysis would provide Pierre with much-needed validation, helping to grow their self-esteem and reducing the fear they face as a queer person of color. "Receiving electrolysis will help provide me with much-needed validation," Pierre explains. This support would allow them to live with greater confidence and safety in the world as a queer person of color.

Pierre's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 13, 2024

    Pierre was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    June 3, 2024

    A payment has been made toward Pierre's permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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