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Meet Taylor


Taylor's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Taylor (she/her) is an AAPI, Native, and white trans femme who was born Intersex and raised as a girl by her family. She was not made aware of her Intersex status until her mid-twenties. In her application, Taylor shared, “After losing everything in the Valley Fire and then becoming homeless again after the Santa Rosa fire shortly thereafter, I moved to Riverside with nothing.”

Because of the discrimination Taylor’s faced as a result of her trans status, she is hopeful that with this support, things will be better soon.

Taylor's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 28, 2021

    Taylor was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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