Trans Housing in Melbourne Now!

Trans Housing in Melbourne Now!

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Stephanie McCarthy started this petition to Victorian Premier Dan Andrews

Melbourne has the largest transgender population in Australia, yet there is no transgender specific housing service and no transgender specific crisis accommodation. Sydney has had the Gender Centre (formerly Tiresius House) since the early 1980's, yet Melbourne has nothing. The transgender population grows in Melbourne every week, yet there is nowhere for transgender people to be housed at the beginning of their transition, no transgender crisis accommodation, and no transgender specific pathways into safe housing. The transgender community suffers discrimination, abuse and violence (both physical and sexual) at a higher level than most communities in Victoria, yet in a city that prides itself on being a globally renowned LGBTQ hub, there is no transgender specific housing in the entire city. Our Premier Dan Andrews prides himself on being a supporter of Melbourne's transgender community, and has regularly posted on his social media platforms about that support, yet his government funds no transgender specific housing whatsoever. Many transgender people come to Melbourne from regional and rural areas where not only are there no there no transgender support services, their safety is very often at risk. The Gender Centre in Sydney offers people from both the Sydney metropolitan area and regional/rural areas of NSW safe transgender specific housing, support services, and pathways into independent housing, yet there is nothing like this is Melbourne. How can an LNP state government in NSW be supportive of the needs of transgender people, yet our supposedly progressive Labor state government cannot? I urge Premier Dan Andrews to rectify this situation immediately, and to provide safe, supported housing to the many transgender Victorians that urgently need it. The transgender community has one of the highest suicides rates in Victoria, and the lack of safe, supported transgender housing plays a very large part in that tragic statistic. A refuge, and housing service, for the transgender community is long overdue in Melbourne, and it needs to happen immediately before more members of the community are forced into homelessness, and to suicide. Premier Andrews, it's time to put your words into action.

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