Hurricane Irene Is Coming: Guide to Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees

Hurricane Irene's Path

From North Carolina to New York City, thousands of people have already evacuated their homes to escape Hurricane Irene’s path. Among them are transgender people who, like others, don’t have anywhere else to turn to except for evacuation shelters.

Considering the unique difficulties transgender evacuees encounter, NCTE, Lambda Legal, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have issued these simple guidelines to assist shelters in making their spaces safe for transgender people.

Download the resource and share it with evacuation shelters in your area.

NCTE has also created a Hurricane Preparedness Kit for transgender individuals who are displaced by storms. This resource includes information about what to do when preparing for a storm, and what to bring if you are evacuated.

If you are facing harassment or discrimination in emergency shelters and other evacuation programs because of your transgender status, please call the Lambda Legal Toll-Free National Help Desk at 866-542-8336. To file a discrimination complaint with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Equal Rights, call 202-646-3535.

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11 Responses to Hurricane Irene Is Coming: Guide to Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees

  1. State FEMA divisions follow different rules and can do the unthinkable. Document your case and keep ALL of your paperwork. There’s 180 day timeline that covers them. www,deguyz.webs.com involved the death of an end stage Alzheimer’s victim because her son/caretaker was gay. He is still trying to find counsel to vindicate his name. Mississippi was found to be guilty by an appeals board member after the fact. Just be safe and be alert.

  2. Elizabeth Anne Jenkins says:

    Several transpeople from New Orleans were harassed in Houston, during Katrina, and our GLBT group claims on was arrested and put in the male population where she was sexually abused. I suspect amateurs are running many shelters and do not know how to handle gender variant people.

    Lizzy

  3. [...] From North Carolina to New York City, thousands of people have already evacuated their homes to escape Hurricane Irene's path. Among them are transgender people who, like others, don't have anywhere else to turn to except for evacuation shelters. Considering the unique difficulties transgender evacuees encounter, NCTE, Lambda Legal, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have issued these simple guidelines to assist shelters in making their … Read More [...]

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  5. [...] Action Hurricane Irene is coming. Here’s a new guide for shelters and transgender evacuees courtesy of National Center for Transgender [...]

  6. TLJ News says:

    Great article… I live in NY and i must say this whole Hurricane was overblown. It is calm and nice in NY

    Bloomberg went a bit wild

  7. [...] Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees (see below) is a document issued by last month by the National Center for Transgender Equality, Lambda Legal, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. As [...]

  8. Hi , awesome post you have here. I must like it on FB.

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