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Meet Vesper


Vesper's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient

Vesper (she/her) first attempted to afford electrolysis through Medicaid, but no matter how hard she pushed, her insurer would not approve hair removal or any other dysphoria-alleviating procedures.

"It's been an uphill battle to pursue medical intervention for my dysphoria," Vesper shared. "I was met with fatphobia, transphobia, homophobia, and general medical bureaucracy with every step." She knows that access to medical interventions will alleviate some of the dysphoria that causes her to be afraid to leave her home, as well as improve her self-image.

She shares, "I am a wife, a dog mom, a shadetree mechanic, and a fierce advocate for human rights and social justice. I have creature comforts, I enjoy food and cooking. My attitude and ferocious nature make me the person that I am."

Vesper's timeline

  • Award Granted

    January 7, 2022

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

    March 26, 2022

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

    October 10, 2022

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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