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Meet Ryne


Ryne's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Ryne (she/her) is a 34-year-old trans woman seeking electrolysis hair removal. As the sole income provider for her household, which includes her disabled spouse who has been denied disability benefits, Ryne lives paycheck-to-paycheck. This financial strain makes it incredibly challenging to afford hair removal services.

A digital artist and aspiring writer, Ryne is also an avid gamer. She has a history of raising money for various charities through livestream fundraising, including contributing to the construction of a new school for the children of Ojwando, Kenya. Despite her generosity and community spirit, Ryne faces significant challenges in her daily life.

Living in a socially conservative town that is not particularly friendly toward LGBTQIA+ individuals, Ryne experiences constant fear and apprehension when she goes out, even for simple tasks like grocery shopping. "I experience a lot of fear and apprehension when I go out, even for something as simple as getting groceries," she shares. Reflecting on what access to electrolysis would mean for her, Ryne expressed, "Being able to take one more step toward presenting my true self and not having to worry about stubble would make me feel so much safer and more confident." Her determination and resilience highlight the critical need for gender-affirming care in creating a safer and more confident future for herself.

Ryne's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 7, 2024

    Ryne was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Care Received

    May 2, 2024

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

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

TikTok-a-Thon grantee

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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