Electrolysis Support Program

Update as of April 9, 2020: Point of Pride typically allocates $3,000 each funding cycle to our Electrolysis Program. In light of numerous providers sheltering in place, combined with the incredibly urgent need amongst our community to access urgent financial assistance for hormones or mental health care, it is with great disappointment that we are temporarily suspending the electrolysis program. We recognize that electrolysis is still a pressing and urgent need for our applicants experiencing dysphoria and we did not come to this decision lightly.

The grant funds we would normally disperse will instead be diverted to serve trans femme/femme non-binary folks in need of short-term relief through our COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Applications submitted before April 9, 2020 are currently being reviewed, and applicants will be contacted in the coming weeks. We look forward to resuming this program later in the year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this extraordinary time. Please continue to follow all guidelines for remaining safe and healthy.

About the program

The Electrolysis Support Program provides free or greatly discounted permanent hair removal services for trans femme folks who cannot otherwise afford them.

To our knowledge, this scholarship-like program is the first and only of its kind. We accept applications from trans femme people who are in need of permanent hair removal services (electrolysis, laser hair removal, etc.) they cannot otherwise afford or safely obtain.

2018 recipient Rose (second from left) with Point of Pride leadership

Requirements:

We have very few requirements for applicants in an effort to be as inclusive as possible.

  • You must identify as transgender and on the feminine spectrum (this program supports AMAB trans people including MTF, trans femme, and non-binary identities)
  • You are seeking hair removal on your face, neck, or on an area of your body in preparation for bottom surgery
  • You have financial need that prevents you from affording hair removal services
  • You are 18 years old or older, or have consent from your parents and/or hair removal providers
  • You live in the United States

This program is intended to help trans femme folks who otherwise can not afford these services. Please only apply if you are truly in need of support.

The Process

  1. Carefully read this page, especially our Frequently Asked Questions section, before continuing to our application form.
  2. Complete the application form during one of our Application Periods, listed below.
  3. Once the application period ends, our Electrolysis Committee evaluates every application received and selects recipients. Determinations are primarily based on the applicant’s financial need and (in)ability to access care. We have limited resources, and this process can be competitive: On average, we receive 100+ applications each period, and fund 3-4 recipients. Grants are $1,000 per recipient.
  4. If you are selected as a recipient, you will be contacted via email by [email protected] regarding next steps. We will work closely with you to meet your individualized needs in selecting a trans-affirming provider. Once selected, your grant award will be paid directly to your electrolysis or laser hair removal provider.
  5. If you are not selected as a recipient, you are welcome to apply again during our next Application Period. Your application will not roll over.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are recipients selected?

Typically, it takes about 6-8 weeks from the close of our application period. We are a volunteer-operated non-profit, so sometimes it can take longer than that to process all of the applications and notify our recipients (especially if we receive a high volume of applications.) We appreciate your patience!

I'm a trans masculine person who needs hair removal. Can I apply?

Unfortunately, no. At this time, our program only accepts applications from trans people assigned male at birth, including MTF, trans femme, non-binary, and other non-cis identities.

I’ve already had/am currently having hair removal sessions. Can I still apply?

Yes! Please note this information in your application.

I need hair removal on an area other than my face, neck, or in preparation for surgery. Can I still apply?

At this time, our program only covers support for specific areas. Please only apply if you are seeking hair removal services on the face and neck or areas that need hair removal in preparation for a gender-affirming surgery (often bottom surgery.)

I have questions about electrolysis. Where can I learn more?

For general information about the process of electrolysis and other permanent hair removal options, we recommend this article: FAQs About Permanent Hair Removal.

I am an electrolysis provider. How can I support this program?

We are always looking for trans-affirming providers to join our network by offering free or discounted services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Please email [email protected] to get started.

Application Periods

You may apply during one of the following periods:

  • Winter: January 1 – February 28 (11:59pm EST)
  • Spring: April 1 – May 31 (11:59pm EST)
  • Summer: July 1 – August 31 (11:59pm EST)

Applications are only considered during the time you apply, and are not rolled over to our next period. Therefore, you are welcome to submit an application once every application period.

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Before you apply…

As you answer the questions, please try to be as specific, compelling, and descriptive as possible. This is a scholarship-like assistance program, so we want to best understand your story and your financial need.

If English is your second language, please respond in your native language. We will translate your answers. (Si el inglés es su segundo idioma, responda en su idioma nativo. Nosotros traduciremos sus respuestas.)

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