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Meet Valentine


Valentine's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Valentine (they/them) is a passionate and talented trans nonbinary master's student in music performance, specializing in the trumpet. Amidst their journey to affirm their gender identity, they've faced considerable financial hurdles. Unemployment and the struggle to cover basic needs such as rent have made it challenging for Valentine to access the gender-affirming care they need. Despite these obstacles, Valentine remains dedicated to their art and their journey toward living authentically.

Valentine is a multifaceted individual with a deep love for music, video games, the natural world, and cultivating meaningful connections with friends. These interests not only define who they are but also serve as a source of joy and escape. Valentine's dedication to their craft and their ability to find happiness in the simple pleasures of life underscore their resilience and diverse character.

Access to gender-affirming healthcare is a necessity for Valentine, promising a significant shift in their daily life. It represents not just the alleviation of the constant discomfort and stress associated with daily shaving and the financial burden of seeking permanent hair removal solutions, but also a step closer to presenting as their true self in all aspects of life. Valentine looks forward to engaging more freely in their music career and public performances, embodying their authenticity with confidence and pride.

Valentine's timeline

  • Award Granted

    April 8, 2024

    Valentine was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

  • Renewal Award Granted

    April 23, 2024

    Valentine was offered a Renewal Award!

  • Care Received

    April 24, 2024

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

  • Update

    May 27, 2024

    Valentine shared, "I am closer to the person I want to be and show to the world."

Grant details

$2,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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