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Meet Terra

Terra's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Terra (she/they) was working 3 jobs before the COVID-19 pandemic began, just trying to make ends meet. "This pandemic has stolen everything: I've lost loved ones, work, and my health," she shared. Terra sees access to hair removal services as a means of personal safety; she worries about harassment or violence by men in public due to her trans status. "I dream about a day where men aren't a threat for me. Hair removal means a new level of health and well-being in my life." Terra is a proud mom to a young woman, and is an avid poet and activist.  

Terra's timeline

  • Award Granted

    January 21, 2022

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

    July 6, 2023

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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