“Body hair removal can also help transwomen avoid harassment and discrimination. “Trans women and trans-feminine people are murdered just for existing, and many struggle with suicide on top of employment and housing discrimination,” Ambrose explains. “Body hair removal can literally be life saving.”
“If the government will not protect or support marginalized and oppressed peoples, communities need to show up,” says Ambrose. “Knowing that the funds are mostly created by [Portlanders], trans people can not only receive the benefits of waxing, but the knowledge that their city supports them. It is terrifying times, and these small gestures can make a big difference.””
Babe Wax’s WaxFund program provides gender-affirming waxing services to low-income transwomen and trans-feminine folks.