Concerns over transgender client at Okanagan shelter

Concerns over transgender client at Okanagan shelter

Klaudia Van Emmerik, Global News - 6 Mar 2017

"Two women are raising concerns about the latest person to move into a Kelowna homeless shelter for women.

'He wants to become a woman, I mean that is his choice but when a man comes into a women’s shelter who still has a penis and genitals he has more rights than we do,' Tracey said.

Tracey is upset that she was made to share a room with a transgender individual, a man transitioning to become a woman.

'They told me, sorry if a person identifies themselves with female, then we have to go with that,' Tracey said.

Another client named Blaine was also staying at the shelter. She recently fled from an abusive relationship and says she’s uncomfortable with a transgender person staying at women’s only facility."

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