We Live Here Too: Montreal’s Trans-Active Homeless Rise

Montreal’s trans artists and activists come
together to show support for community
by ASTT(e)Q
13 October, 2010 – Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q) will be holding a community fundraiser entitled ‘We Live Here!’ on October 16th, 2010 at 9pm at Café Cleopatra. The event will raise money for ASTT(e)Q’s emergency fund dedicated to supporting homeless transgender and transsexual individuals who are denied access to housing and the shelter system. The event will feature prominent artists and activists of the Montreal trans community, including local cabaret stars, writers and film makers (additional event details below).
Organizers of this event hope to shine a light on the systemic barriers to housing and shelter faced by transsexual and transgender people in Montreal.
“Whether kicked out by their family, forced to flee from an abusive partner, or evicted by a discriminating landlord, trans people are disproportionately at risk of being on the streets,” says Nora Butler Burke, of ASTT(e)Q, a community organization providing frontline support to low-income trans people for more than 12 years.
“When they turn to the shelter system for emergency housing, trans women and men are all too frequently met with discriminatory treatment. Unlike in Toronto and New York, where trans people are admitted to shelters on the basis of their self-identified gender, Montreal’s shelter system has no consistent admissions policy for trans people, leaving the decision subject to the discriminatory attitudes of shelter workers, and often ending in rejection.”

ASTT(e)Q, a project of CACTUS Montreal, offers access to an emergency fund to pay for short-term housing to individuals for whom shelter has been denied, allowing the opportunity to seek more long-term housing solutions. “This stop-gap measure falls incredibly short of addressing the systemic lack of access to housing for low-income trans people. Yet we feel it is a necessary response in the face of such neglect from the shelter system and the city of Montreal,” says Bianca Aponte of ASTT(e)Q. “It is our hope that ‘We Live Here’ will raise the profile of these issues, while also paying tribute to our community’s vibrant histories of struggle in the face of injustice. We invite the public at large to come out to show their support and to take part in this evening of reflection and celebration.”

Press Release

For interviews: Nora Butler Burke

Event details

Saturday October 16, 2010, doors at 9pm, show at 10pm.

Café Cleopatra, 1230 St-Laurent, 2nd floor

$5-10 at the door, no one turned away

Performers: Including cabaret performers Lili Champagne, Lovely, Mia, Cassandra, Farah, Dixie-Lee and Michelle de Ville; poet Trish Salah; filmmakers Rémy Huberdeau and Renaud St-Amour; DJ CPI; and MC of the night, Professor Viviane Namaste.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155814291107336

About ASTT(e)Q
Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec (ASTT(e)Q) is a project of CACTUS Montreal, and was founded in the late nineties in order to encourage the health and well-being of trans people through access to resources and support. The organization aims to develop and strengthen trans people’s social and medical support networks. We also work to educate health and social service providers regarding transsexuality and gender variance. We provide information about the medical, social and legal aspects of trans lives and transitioning.

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