John M. Becker

Time to Circle the Wagons: Monica Roberts

Filed By John M. Becker | October 22, 2014 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: circle the wagons, crowdsourcing, fundraising, homelessness, Houston, Monica Roberts, Texas, transgender homeless

monica-roberts-facebook.jpgAlright, Bilerico family, we need your help.

Many of you know former contributor Monica Roberts. She's a force of nature: the award-winning blogger behind TransGriot; a founding member of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition; an accomplished writer, lecturer, organizer, conference speaker, and activist; a proud trans woman of color, and a passionate advocate for transgender civil rights.

And today, she was this close to being homeless, after being unjustly evicted from her home in Houston, Texas by an intolerant family member.

Monica explains:

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.

So I'm staring at the prospect of being part of the transgender homeless stats...

Those stats Monica's talking about are sobering: one in five trans people have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives due to discrimination and family rejection. Trans people even face discrimination when they seek help at homeless shelters: 29% of trans people facing homelessness report being turned away due to their transgender status, and 42% say they've been forced to stay in a shelter living as their wrong gender.

We can't let this happen to Monica. She's been there for so many of us, and now it's time for us to be there for her.

Thankfully, the online queer community found Monica a place to stay in Houston during the month of November and a guest bedroom to crash at between now and then. (Yes, she literally had to leave today.) But because she's been an unpaid, live-in caretaker for her grandmother, she doesn't have cash for the basic everyday living expenses that she'll need now that she's on her own.

I know how amazingly generous the Bilerico family is, so I'm asking you to direct that generosity over to our sister Monica during her time of need.

Please join Bil and me in sending some cash Monica's way -- click the button below to donate. Let's show this fierce advocate that we've got her back.

Thank you in advance for your support.

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