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Meet Rose

Rose's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Rose (she/her) is a 74-year-old trans woman from Kentucky seeking electrolysis. "I've been waiting for so many years," she shared. "I was living in a male body and a female body at the same time. Insurance wouldn't cover [gender-affirming care and surgery.] My family was a barrier to seeking treatment. I also am not able to read or write and a whole lot of people didn't take me seriously." After receiving surgery, Rose felt a weight lifted. "Now, permanent facial hair removal will create a whole new world for me. It's my final step."

Rose describes herself as an outgoing person who tries to be friends with everybody she comes across. She cares for her dog, her flowers, and her garden: people say Rose grows the best green tomatoes they've ever tasted.

Rose's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 27, 2022

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

    June 20, 2022

    A payment has been made toward Rose's permanent hair removal!
  • Care Received

    October 19, 2022

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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