Discrimination in Homeless Shelters: Sharing Our Stories

In America, almost 1 in 5 transgender people have been homeless at least once in their lives. Unfortunately, many homeless shelters are not safe for us. According to one survey, 55% of transgender people who have tried to access a shelter experienced discrimination or harassment. 29% were turned away. And 22% were sexually assaulted by shelter clients or staff.

For many transgender, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming people, going to a shelter can be just as dangerous as sleeping on the street.

MTPC works to make shelters a safer place for the trans community. We partner with shelter staff to address prejudice and discrimination. We lobby the state government to create laws that protect homeless transgender people. And we talk to community members who have been treated poorly to let them know about their options. We believe that ALL shelter clients should have the right to be respected, accepted, and safe.

Now, we are asking YOU to help us with our work. If you have been treated poorly at a shelter because of your gender identity or expression, we invite you to fill out our Story Share.

The Story Share is a survey that you take online. It is an opportunity for you to teach us more about what your experiences have been like. This can be anonymous. You only give us as much information as YOU feel comfortable with.

We are also collecting stories from allies, service providers, friends, and family. If you would like to let us know about mistreatment that happened to someone ELSE, please go here.

If you have questions or comments, please email devyn@masstpc.org

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