Memo to Chad Griffin: How About Ponying Up Some Help for One of the Trans Activists Whose Existence You Spiced Up Your Southern Comfort Speech With?

This is ‘New’ HRC’s moment of truth.  Monica Roberts is in need of help – and don’t tell me that HRC doesn’t have resources to spare.

Homelessness is  a critical issue for trans people, with one in five having experienced homelessness at some time in their lives because of discrimination and family rejection. As a result, an estimated 20-40% of the more than 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States are LGBT

Unfortunately, transgender people facing homelessness also face discrimination from agencies that should be helping them, with nearly one in three (29%) reporting being turned away from a shelter due to their transgender status. While leading experts on homelessness recommend providing emergency housing consistent with a person’s gender identity, 42% of trans people facing homelessness have been forced to stay in a shelter living as the wrong gender.

In the 20 years I’ve been transtioned, while I’ve dealt with unemployment, I’ve always managed on one level or another to keep a roof over my head and avoid being part of that trans homeless narrative.

Until now.

Due to a confluence of events, I’m about to get bounced from the place I’ve called home for the last four years, and one of the relocation options I was counting on fell through.

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