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Meet Sergio

Sergio's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Sergio (they/them) is an agender femme person of color who works 45+ hours a week as a waitress. They live on a very tight budget, meticulously checking their spreadsheet of expenses to stay organized and get by. Like many other femme trans folks, Sergio spends a lot of their time making sure their facial hair is not visible for fear of harassment when out in public. They shared that the hair is a huge source of dysphoria, and that hair removal “would be a colossal weight off my shoulders and heart.”

Sergio's timeline

  • Award Granted

    October 8, 2018

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

    December 2, 2019

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

    January 6, 2020

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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