No, I Haven’t Seen Both Sides

“Oh since you’re trans, you know what it’s like to be both a boy and a girl!” Incorrect. Sure, I have insight into the male world in that I know what locker room talk is, I know all their expectations and did in fact conform to a lot of them. I butched up hard in an attempt to blend in. But they always saw through it. If I got a cis guy experience, then it was as a “sissy faggot” who envied women but was so scared of men that I’d butch up if that’s what they expected of me. … Continue reading No, I Haven’t Seen Both Sides

Why We Need LGBT Shelters

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