“It’s A Scary Place to Come Out”: Exploring How Shelters in Westman Can Be Safer and More Welcoming for Transgender People

Transgender people face disproportionately high rates of housing insecurity, due to a range of factors that include family-based conflict, harassment, and rejection. Transgender people also experience high levels of discrimination, harassment, and stigma when accessing transitional and emergency housing. This study aims to determine what makes transgender people feel comfortable and safe in transitional housing settings and what the best practices are for creating welcoming spaces for transgender people experiencing homelessness. The study is a community-based undergraduate thesis planned and designed in collaboration with YWCA Brandon, an organization which provides housing supports to people in the Westman region.

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