A homeless women’s shelter in the Okanagan region of Canada now accepts transitioning males into its live-in program.
NOW (National Organization for Women) Canada has one such individual in residence, and it is causing others to have to leave.
Two women were recently forced to leave the rescue house after speaking with local media about their concerns over the mixed-gender housing arrangement. One of the women had to share a room with the transitioning male.
Tracey said, “He wants to become a woman, I mean that is his choice but when a man comes into a women’s shelter who still has a penis and genitals he has more rights than we do. They told me, ‘Sorry, if a person identifies themselves with female, then we have to go with that.”
Another woman at the shelter, Blaine, recently escaped an abusive relationship with a man and said she feels it is asking too much of women who were recently battered by a man to live with — and in some cases room with — the opposite sex.
Blaine said, “Some women have had bad experiences with men so they are fleeing men and now we have a man living there.”
She went on to say, “We need to make a fine line between the distinction of male, female and transgender. I think it’s all three different groups,” Blaine said. “I feel bad for this person, they are transitioning but they need to be in a place where they can associate with other people like them.”
NOW Canada has declined to be interviewed about the situation but issued this statement through Global News:
“NOW Canada cannot speak to specific cases. It is against the law to discriminate against transgender individuals. NOW Canada and other shelters in Kelowna welcome people without regard to age, race, religion and gender identity.”
As for Blaine and Tracey, they were asked to leave the facility after speaking publicly on the matter. To do so broke the confidentiality agreement between residents and the shelter, which can compromise refuge-seekers’ anonymity.
Now, the women feel they have been compromised for speaking on conditions that are unacceptable to many.
Both the shelter and the women are in agreement that more is needed in the way of helping transgender individuals.
Spacing limitations coupled with the aim of providing a safe place for everyone means compromise. For now, there is no easy answer to this most contemporary predicament.
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H/T: Global News
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