It was left by someone who had posted here before but this time she chose anonymity.
I lacked an easy answer for her question.
I seen so many sisters die too young.
Life is so very hard for people with transsexualism or transgenderism, even more so if they are unable to fit in as members of the sex they transition to although that is often in their own mental picture of themselves and women come in such a wide range of shapes and sizes as well as levels of beauty.
I had/have another blog I started some six months before I started this blog. It is very hard core left political. A few months after I started it, shortly after Obama was elected president something happened in Austin that had a profound effect on me.
Jennifer Gale, to all accounts a kind and gentle soul who helped Austin live up to its popular motto, “Keep Austin Weird!” died of exposure. She was a veteran, perhaps a bit crazy but even if she hadn’t started out that way being homeless tends to make people crazy in short order. She was a TG/TS woman, perhaps a bit odd in appearance.
But you know something? Being different shouldn’t be a freaking crime.
And in a country with so many fucking millionaires and billionaires no one should freeze to death on the streets.
I was a hippie in the 1960s. I lived in a collective. Wore thrift store and free clothes. We ran food collectives and made big pots of beans and soups.
The Reagan Revolution’s war on the poor totally sucks.
The real unemployment in this country is running 15-20%. And the rich who have waged war on the poor these last 30 years complain about paying their fair share of taxes.
So people fucking starve to death. Veterans missing limbs beg on the streets. “Only a drunken Bum.” say the people in the Lexus and Benzs.
It isn’t just TG/TS people who are on the edge of homelessness either.
Over 50, female and unemployed… Say hello to the big box concrete floor…
Be thankful you have a job at all, even part time with out benefits. And the Republi-Nazis want to cut or end Social Security.
1960s communes were difficult at best and yet with people willing to live sober and contribute to both the support and work of running a commune would permit people to pool resources and rent a place to live.
A place where shared resources would mean an ability to cook nutritious meals at a fraction of the cost of fast food.
Clothes can be bought at thrift stores and in some cities like San Francisco and Berkeley people have real “free trade meets” that are sort of like garage sales except everything is free.
Job hunting requires a home phone with answering and a computer. One person who is down and out might not be able to afford those things or have a place to plug them in but by pooling resources perhaps 3 or 4 people living under the same roof could afford those things.
If one has some benefits from the government there are ways to stretch those by scavenging or working off the books.
We are told we should all aspire to the lifestyle that at most 5% of the population can afford to live.
When I was a hippie we lived with seriously down scaled aspirations.
Couples have a better chance of surviving than single individuals. People with a support network have a better chance than those who view themselves as rugged individualists.
Transsexual and transgender people have a tendency to think the only people that will be friends with them and offer support are other TS/TG people but there are other alternative communities of non-straight heterosexual bohemian folks who are often willing to be part of our support system.
If you drink or take hard drugs getting clean and sober increases your ability to survive. I know that from personal experience.
With the process of getting clean and sober opportunities open up.
I don’t have all the answers.
I do know the economy is hitting a lot of people hard and that is why I occasionally put up survival hints.
People are un-employed or under-employed. Renters are being evicted and homes foreclosed upon.
Maybe we have to revive a phrase that was old when I first started using it in the 1960s, “Come the revolution… But until then…”
We are in a depression not a recession. The media lies to us because without propaganda about how wonderful capitalism is and how horrible socialism is we wouldn’t put up with the class war that has been waged on people who work for a living.