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Shelters slowly adapt to help transgender homeless
Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2009 | Dionne Walker

Posted on 04/03/2009 7:27:06 AM PDT by Zakeet

Twelve years heading the Salvation Army's downtown homeless shelter had done little to prepare Janeane Schmidt for the recent night when a soft-spoken biological male transitioning into a female walked in.

Schmidt didn't want to refuse someone in need. Having seen few such cases, however, and with limited space that winter night, she wasn't sure where to place the transgender woman. The shelter has space for homeless men and women but not anyone in between.

"Rather than turn them away, we give them a cot," said Schmidt, whose staff allowed the woman to stay a week in the shelter's lounge — the only space they could find.

"I don't even know of another shelter that takes the transgendered" in Atlanta, Schmidt said.

Nationwide there are plenty of holes in the safety net of shelters that catches men and women who have fallen on hard times. Activists say help is even harder to find for the transgender homeless, whose nontraditional gender status raises questions about sleeping arrangements and shower facilities.

The people who run the shelters are taking note.

From Phoenix to New York, shelters have fine-tuned policies to recognize preferred gender over birth gender, as they balance the needs of their mainstream clients with those of an unconventional segment of the homeless.

Activists point to the deaths of homeless transgender women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, to underscore the need for shelter for all. Shelters in both cities are revamping acceptance policies and weighing the creation of trans-friendly space.

The Atlanta Union Mission is considering expanding one or more of its six area shelters, in part to accommodate transgender people.

"We don't know if we need an entirely different facility," spokeswoman Voloria Pettiford said. "We don't know how to meet that need, but there's a need."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gay; genderiddisorder; homeless; homosexualagends; transgender

Reva Iman, 42, a transgender homeless woman, at her provided home
in Atlanta on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Transgender homeless are
having difficulty finding shelter in the city.

Reva Iman is tall and busty with arms full of jingling bracelets and broad shoulders that betray her birth gender. She said she began living and working on the street after being shut out of jobs when she first came to Atlanta.

"The street life of escorting and prostitution, that became my main line of survival," said Iman, who avoided shelters that demanded she dress "like a man" to spend the night.

"You can't be yourself," she said.

1 posted on 04/03/2009 7:27:07 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
I'm sorry I clicked this thread.
2 posted on 04/03/2009 7:28:31 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Zakeet

Will someone please post a picture of Helen Thomas? I need to rinse my eyes with something less caustic.


3 posted on 04/03/2009 7:29:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: The KG9 Kid

OMG


4 posted on 04/03/2009 7:30:20 AM PDT by unkus
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To: Zakeet

5 posted on 04/03/2009 7:30:31 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Zakeet

7 posted on 04/03/2009 7:31:17 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: Zakeet

It also doesn’t help that they are not treated as mentally ill but what can we expect when the inmates are running the asylum.


8 posted on 04/03/2009 7:31:45 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Zakeet

Er, what?


9 posted on 04/03/2009 7:31:53 AM PDT by ronnyquest ("That's what governments are for, to get in a man's way.")
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To: al baby

Not nice.


10 posted on 04/03/2009 7:31:59 AM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

Sorry


11 posted on 04/03/2009 7:33:41 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Zakeet
Whow! This is a HUGE problem.

I expect that there are at least two, maybe three dozen of these people nationwide.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

12 posted on 04/03/2009 7:33:41 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Zakeet

Thing is, if he/she had that expensive surgery, some government agency probably paid for it. And now she/he is homeless? After figuring out how to work the system for thousands? I don’t understand.

A lot I don’t understand. How incomprehensible this transgender stuff is. Imagine having the main focus of your life your plumbing.


13 posted on 04/03/2009 7:33:51 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LMAO!


14 posted on 04/03/2009 7:38:34 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear ("The smallest minority on earth is the 'individual'." ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Zakeet

Agenda driven “journalists” have quotas to make, ya know.


15 posted on 04/03/2009 7:41:56 AM PDT by JoJo Gunn (In this dance of Life, I have two left feet.)
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To: Soothesayer

Mentally ill, you say? BINGO!!!


16 posted on 04/03/2009 7:42:30 AM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: Zakeet

Another charity off MY list.


17 posted on 04/03/2009 7:44:32 AM PDT by nina0113 (Hugh Akston is my hero.)
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To: Zakeet

he/she went for the jay leno chin.


18 posted on 04/03/2009 7:55:54 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Veto!

One of the main issues is that GBLTQ community are so good about telling the rest of the 95% to 90% percent of the straight community that they should give their tax money, charitable contributions, and time to care for these folks, but they do nothing for the Transgendered.

The dirty little secret is that in the strictly Gay Male and Lesbian Communities look down on the Transgendered with disdain, they will tell you one thing on the street but secretly they hold disdain for the Trannies (Those only playing dress up, Drag Queens, Drag Kings, excepted).

You would think some of their Gay community groups would have a special homeless shelter of their own to deal with this, but instead they just bitch that the rest of the mostly straight society should deal with it. Yeah, just pass it on to the normal folk to do the actual work of supporting them.

I have sympathy for those who are truly transgendered, those who have been born with Chromosome issues, or ambiguous genitalia, etc.... Because those people are not only discriminated against by regular folk but also are secretly discriminated behind their backs by the people in the Gay and Lesbian community. The Same people who are supposedly on their side when it suits them to be.


19 posted on 04/03/2009 7:57:12 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Zakeet

can she/he still wear the tiara in the shelter?


20 posted on 04/03/2009 7:57:27 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Zakeet

In the old days a democrapic President meant no homeless stories. Times have changed I guess.


21 posted on 04/03/2009 7:57:59 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: Zakeet

“...biological male transitioning into a female...”

One can not change one’s sex. One may simply alter one’s appearance. In spite of the appearance, this creature is and will always be, male.


22 posted on 04/03/2009 8:00:02 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Zakeet

23 posted on 04/03/2009 8:04:25 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Zakeet
Yikes!

It looks like the doctor may have attached a breast in the wrong place.

24 posted on 04/03/2009 8:13:14 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit ("A liberal feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.")
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To: Zakeet

And as always in “journalism,” activist translates to assh*le.


25 posted on 04/03/2009 8:19:14 AM PDT by noblejones (<deprecate>Ben Stein 2008.</deprecate> Sarah 2012, 2016, 2020.)
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To: noblejones

so a gay sex change prostitute is allowed in the shelter? great, now the whole place needs disinfecting. them folks are walking infections, for the sake of the non-preverts in the shelter, this “thing” should be kicked out.
Yeah, a whore with a sex change reeks of taxpayer funding.

the sex change should have been made at the neck!!!yuck, puke!!!!


26 posted on 04/03/2009 8:29:10 AM PDT by dhm914
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To: Zakeet

What’s she doing in Atlanta? I thought she was in Europe......


27 posted on 04/03/2009 8:46:01 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: Zakeet

Jeese, finally this major social problem gets the attention it deserves. It’s something I’ve been worried about forever. I lay awake nights wondering where all the homeless transgendered people are sleeping.


28 posted on 04/03/2009 9:13:12 AM PDT by yazoo
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To: Zakeet

If s/he comes in looking, dressing and talking like a woman, how would they know the difference? Reva should have shut ‘her’ mouth and went to the women’s area. Or perhaps whatever the drivers license said. The difficult point is that this person is in the ‘transitioning’ stage, meaning... well, it could mean a lot of things.


29 posted on 04/03/2009 9:22:34 AM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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30 posted on 04/03/2009 9:28:42 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obama's next program: Kopechne Care)
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To: Zakeet

You mean that the Tranny lifestyle isn’t fabulous???

Who would have thunk it!


31 posted on 04/03/2009 9:38:35 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Zakeet

32 posted on 04/03/2009 9:43:24 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: Zakeet

It obviously costs considerable money to have gender reassignment surgery. So if these people are homeless and could thus be assumed to be impoverished, it begs the question of how did they pay for their gender reassignment surgery? I would assume that the taxpayers likely footed the bill through Medicaid.


33 posted on 04/03/2009 9:44:05 AM PDT by The Great RJ (chain.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
Barry Bonds looks absolutely ravishing.
34 posted on 04/03/2009 9:46:02 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: GraceG; All
You're very correct Grace, the gay community is one of the most vociferous about the boundaries of who fits into their social pigeonhole.

Most Transgender people or others with psychosexual disorders are caused by issues with hormone imbalance of the host Mother whilst baby is in the first 10 weeks of development, those first few weeks dictate the physical and cerebral development of a fetus.
An XY Chromosome fetus that gets inflated oestrogen from Mother during this period may develop with strong Female physiology, completely undeveloped Male physiology, or cerebral mapping indifferent to the underlying chromosomal pattern.

Although fetus are normally XX or XY (or some other variations such as in Kleinfelter syndrome), physically at <4 weeks approx, all fetus are physically Female, a burst of either Oestrogens or Testosterones at this juncture kickstarts the development of either ovaries or testacles, a vagina or penis, and more importantly, the cerebral development with respect to gender. All this happens from the exact same parts of flesh of the fetus, there are no extra or different parts for boys or girls.
This is where the physical and mental 'gender' avenue is embarked upon.

The intricacies of brain development is infinitely more complex, and with the brains of Male and Female gender variants being so drastically different in their operations, one can see the issues that arise when the hormone imbalance strikes at that crucial juncture.

Although there may be folks who go through Gender surgery on he coat tails of some form of sexual fetish, the overwhelming majority make exceptional sacrifice to come to terms with their internal strife.

Shows the magnificence of God, how he created this tiny, relatively neutral fetus, embedded with an exceptionally complex strain of code inherited from Mum and Dad, and once a few critical chemicals are added, it flourishes into a growing, individual, beautiful wonder of nature modelled acutely on it's Parents.
Even as a scientist, the glory of creation never ceases to fill my heart with joy and stunning amazement!

"Suffer the Little Children, to come unto me"

Something some folks commenting should all remember when someone like this Woman asks for the basics of food and shelter, you and we must all ask St. Peter for the same privilege at our day of reckoning.
35 posted on 04/03/2009 6:02:27 PM PDT by bethybabes69
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To: bethybabes69

Beautifully stated.


36 posted on 04/03/2009 6:09:08 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: bethybabes69

Indeed, if more time and effort were spent working out the science of why this happens so we can help those few affected by this and less time pandering to the political action pressure groups of the LGBT “community” the better off we would be as a society. Because that group really does nothing but use people as tools for their own political agenda.

It would would be nice if we could have some sorta test we could use to find these brain structural changes early in childhood and correct them either by surgery or drugs, thus sparing them a lifetime of unpleasantness. This is for those who are truly affected and not the fetishists.


37 posted on 04/06/2009 8:03:36 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Zakeet

For starters, the City of Atlanta should build a big beautiful shelter just for transexuals, and provide all the amenities of a luxury condominium complex. :>)


38 posted on 04/06/2009 8:08:25 AM PDT by Mashood
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