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Meet Zoey

Zoey's story

Electrolysis Support Fund recipient


Zoey (she/her) is a trans woman from Maryland in need of permanent hair removal services on her face and in preparation for gender-affirming surgery. Like Sergio and so many other applicants, Zoey has to shave daily in order to relieve gender dysphoria and feel more secure. We were touched by Zoey’s perseverance living with serious financial need as well as PTSD, depression, and agoraphobia. She writes, “Getting this grant for hair removal would give me a chance to feel normal, and not invisible, or painfully visible in all the wrong ways which is the way I feel most of the time.”

Zoey's timeline

  • Award Granted

    October 8, 2018

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

    June 5, 2019

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

Grant details

$1,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About Hair Removal: Femme Award

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