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Meet Ruth

Ruth's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Ruth (she/her) is a Black trans woman facing serious financial challenges. After losing her job and experiencing discrimination from employers, she's been facing housing insecurity and staying with a friend. She is hopeful that following hair removal on her face and neck, her ability to get a job will improve.

"I'm very excited and proud to be part of this community, this family – but my financial challenges hold me back from the life I need," she shares. "I'm eager to fully appreciate myself and who I am." Ruth notes the thing she values most in her life is her friendship with other LGBTQ+ people.

Ruth's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 21, 2023

    Ruth was awarded a grant toward 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 Ruth'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.