Massachusetts (USA)

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders has filed a complaint on behalf of a man who believes he is a woman to have the right to access a woman/female-only homeless shelter.  The complaint, filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, asserts that the complainant resided at the shelter between June and September of 2012. Upon his initial arrival, he asked for a bed in the women’s dormitory.  When the staff learned that he is a transgender woman, they refused him access, and instead housed him in a segregated room designated for storage of donated clothing.  There was no bed in the room, and he had to sleep on a mat on the floor.  He also describes the room as being “unkempt and dirty,” and lacking air conditioning, which was available in the women’s dorm.

GLAD Press Release.


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