Monday, December 14, 2015

Activism Opportunity

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, MISGENDERING]

There is a small quick thing you can do for people who face pretty extreme oppression. Currently, homeless shelters are allowed to turn away trans individuals because the gender they were assigned to at birth doesn't match the gender that the shelter serves. I hope I don't need to explain how terrible this is.

Now, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is considering adopting a regulation that would require all homeless shelters that receive federal funding to accept all trans people based on their gender identity, regardless of genitals or stereotypes bodily features. You can sign a petition and/or send them a personal message encouraging them to adopt this policy, and I strongly suggest you do so since one in three trans people have been turned away from these shelters and 42% have been forced to stay at a facility with the wrong gender. For trans women, this is extremely dangerous. For you, signing takes five seconds.

This isn't something that our largely bigoted and horrible congress is voting on. This is a department that may actually be willing to listen to input. Please sign and save some homeless people from possible assault and/or death.

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