The LGBT community has one of the largest homeless populations in the US. However, many of us aren’t allowed in established shelters, many of which are run by religious organizations and are therefore legally allowed to discriminate against us. Transgender women in particular have died on the streets and been sexually assaulted in men’s shelters due to shelters refusing them access to gender congruent shelters. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless , 19% of trans people experience homelessness. And of those, 29% reported being turned away from shelters, and of those who were permitted shelter access, 55% report experiencing harassment by shelter … Continue reading Why We Need LGBT Shelters
For all the fear about trans women invading women’s prisons, over 40% of transgender people face sexual assault in prisons, and are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted by prison staff than cisgender inmates are. A transgender woman in Colorado was placed in a disciplinary pod along with 4 men who had previously threatened to rape her. She had requested to not be placed in that pod due to the hostilities those men showed, but she was denied by a federal judge and wound up being raped and needing hospitalization after. A Brooklyn trans woman was raped repeatedly over the course of months while locked … Continue reading Gender Incongruent Prisons are Dangerous for Trans Women
Despite studies showing that assaults in gendered spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms have not increased in areas that have passed trans-inclusive bathroom ordinances, our community still faces bathroom discrimination. An Oregon trans woman was beaten, causing facial fractures that required surgery, by a cis man for attempting to use the women’s restroom. A North Corolina trans woman was sexually assaulted by two cisgender women in the bathroom of a bar. A trans woman in DC was assaulted by a security guard for attempting to use the restroom. And it’s not just adults. These prejudices our society has towards transgender people extends to children … Continue reading On the Trans Bathroom Debate
The answer to this clickbait headline is a simple one: yes. Duh. Why shouldn’t we be allowed? What are you – some kind of transphobe? But people are seriously up in arms over this, so I guess we’re talking about … Continue reading Should Trans Woman Athletes be Allowed to Compete in Women’s Sports?