For transgender people, choice of shelter can mean refuge or violence

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By Sterling Wong, 365gay.com
12.10.2010 8:47am EST

Christmas season is a time for rejoicing. It is also a time when the plight of the homeless stands in sharp contrast to the all-round festive mood.

Indeed, homelessness is a pervasive national problem, and it is all the more so for transgender people. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people are more susceptible to homelessness than the general population, reports City Limits News.

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey is due to release a report on housing before the end of the year and it will show that 19 percent of the 6,560 transgender people surveyed nationwide have experienced homelessness at some point.

The reasons for the increased likelihood of homelessness for transgender people are obvious. Many are less likely to have parental support, and they often get kicked out of their homes for gender nonconformity. There is also job-related discrimination which means transgender people are more likely to be unemployed.

And when they have access to shelters, homeless people also face the problem of harassment or worse, assault, because they might not have access to shelters of their chosen gender identity.

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