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Meet Summer

Summer's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Summer (she/her) is a Native American trans woman from New Mexico with extreme limited financial resources. Hair removal services are a pre-requisite for her upcoming surgery, but are not covered by her insurance as they are deemed “cosmetic.” Not only will receiving this grant help improve her quality of life, but it will help her reach her other health care goals much more quickly. Summer will receive direct financial aid that will cover the cost of expenses for 8-10 hair removal sessions.

Summer's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 2, 2018

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

    July 18, 2018

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

    October 22, 2018

    A payment has been made toward Summer's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    April 24, 2024

    Summer was offered a Renewal Award!

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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