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Meet Rose

Rose's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Rose (she/her) is a trans woman of color who works full-time as a makeup artist to support herself. She lives paycheck to paycheck while also trying to save for gender-affirming health care needs such as surgery and hormone replacement therapy.

Like many other femme trans folks, Rose has to shave her face twice daily in order to feel comfortable and safe to leave her house; she says the hair on her face is one of her biggest insecurities and that hair removal will bring joy and relief to her life.

Rose's timeline

  • Award Granted

    June 28, 2018

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

    October 10, 2018

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

    March 15, 2019

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

Grant details

$1,000 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.