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Meet Xanthippe

Xanthippe's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Xanthippe (she/her) is a 26-year-old queer trans woman looking for electrolysis treatment. Between having a heart condition and traveling out of state to her PCP, Xanthippe has had a lot of trouble with money and finding treatment. With no luck from crowdfunding, she has not been able to afford treatment until now, and facial hair is her biggest point of dysphoria.

Xanthippe is a musician with dreams of being comfortable enough to play shows live. She wants to becoming a successful recording and touring artist and use her earning to give back to the community! "The boost of confidence I would feel with my facial hair being gone would be unmatched!" Xanthippe shares. "I want to enjoy having my picture taken, going to work, performing music, and be comfortable even just walking around my own apartment without being hyper self-conscious or without shaving every day, ruining my skin in the process. I want to feel like myself again."

Xanthippe's timeline

  • Award Granted

    July 21, 2023

    Xanthippe was awarded a grant toward permanent hair removal!

Grant details

$1,250 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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