this glaring example is only one of many that prove the reach of cis-privilege, even among otherwise oppressed people. it has to be recognised for the evil it is before it can be eliminated!
so say we all!
From Sketchy Thoughts Canada: http://sketchythoughts.blogspot.com/2013/01/transsexual-and-transgender-women.html
The following press release from ASTT(e)Q (Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec):
Transsexual and transgender women denied access to shelters as temperatures drop in Montréal
ASTT(e)Q urges Québec shelters to change discriminatory practices
25 January, 2013 – As temperatures drop to extreme lows, transsexual and transgender women in Montréal continue to be turned away from many homeless women’s shelters. Over the past week of bitter cold, ASTT(e)Q, a local trans health project of CACTUS Montréal, has witnessed several of our members be denied shelter on the grounds of being trans. While such refusals are frequently justified by administrative regulations, members of ASTT(e)Q believe that these exclusive practices are rooted in discriminatory attitudes towards trans people.
A majority of women’s shelters throughout Québec require trans people to have undergone sex reassignment surgery, and/or to have changed their legal sex. “Such requirements are unattainable for most…
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