At a memorial service yesterday, my older cousin and fellow blogger gave me crap about abandoning my blog. I had spoken to my parents about how I wanted to continue the blog but had no idea what more I could talk about… but low and behold as I was hanging out on my tumblr dash today a story of interest appeared. A trans* support group based out of Quebec have raised over 2000 dollars to produce and publish a guide for shelter support workers on how to improve the policies and practices of shelters in Montreal, and Quebec as a whole, to make shelter and support services safer and more accessible for trans* individuals. The shelter guide being produced by Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec also known as Québec Trans Health Action will provide tips and tools for support workers in order to improve the shelter situation for trans* individuals as well as include stories and testimonials from trans* individuals on their experiences of accessing shelters and support services.
As mentioned before in a previous post, some Montreal shelters have been known to be unfriendly and accepting of trans* individuals which can have dire consequences especially in the winter months. This guide is being produced in direct response to the discrimination and exclusion that many trans* people in Montreal experience when trying to gain access to shelters and homelessness support services. Many reports on issued faces by trans* individuals in the shelter system have narrowed in on the issue of policies and practices in shelters being transphobic or just plain ignorant towards the issues faced by and the needs of trans* individuals who are experiencing homelessness and who are seeking shelter and other services to address their homeless status. Documents such as this one can be foundations for producing policy in shelters that accommodates the needs of trans* individuals and addresses issues that make shelters unsafe or inhospitable for trans* individuals. Recommendations for changes that are made by trans* individuals and their allies address the needs of trans* people as they understand them which allows for shelters and support services to make changes that accommodate the experiences of trans* individuals.
For more on this see the story on transnews.org or visit ASTT(e)Q’s gofundme site to learn more about the project or to donate funds. You can also visit their website to learn more about the organization as a whole.