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Meet Yvonne

Yvonne's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Yvonne (she/her) is a 24-year-old trans Latina seeking gender affirming procedures. She has only been able to afford hormone replacement therapy and due to the high cost of living, Yvonne didn't see herself being able to get laser hair removal services. In the past, she has dealt with housing and food insecurity, and knows how difficult it can be to have access to safe and fair jobs as a trans Latina.

She shared, "I look forward to waking up every day and seeing myself reflected in the mirror, without the pain and burden of having to shave. I feel relief knowing I can show myself to the world and walk with more confidence."

Yvonne is a mental health technician as well as a part-time student in the medical field. In the future, she hopes to give back to her community and use her resources to empower others. In her free time, Yvonne enjoys exploring new parks in her city, cooking for her friends, and dancing.

Yvonne's timeline

  • Award Granted

    August 9, 2022

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

    August 24, 2022

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

    July 26, 2023

    A payment has been made toward Yvonne's permanent hair removal!
  • Renewal Award Granted

    February 1, 2024

    Yvonne was offered a renewal award

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

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About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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