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Meet Veronica

Veronica's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Veronica (she/her) is a trans woman of color from Maryland. She is an immigrant who is currently unemployed and living with mental health challenges.

She writes, “I have been job searching for months, but have not had any success yet. I feel I am trapped in a vicious cycle where I need to go out more to connect with people and engage in networking so I can find a job, but doing so feels like torture because of how self-aware I am of how my face looks. At the same time, I cannot afford electrolysis because I do not have a job.” She is optimistic for a future where she feels comfortable, confident, and able to go freely outside in public.

Veronica's timeline

  • Award Granted

    November 12, 2019

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

    October 1, 2020

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

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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