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Shelter workers to receive Transgender issue training

By |2005-11-24T09:00:00-05:00November 24th, 2005|News|

DETROIT – On Dec. 2, a coalition of local LGBT-rights organizations will launch a training program to help Michigan’s homeless shelters address the unique needs of homeless individuals who are transgender.
The training, “Safe and Sound: Making Shelters Safe for Transgender and Gender Variant Individuals – A Training for Homeless Shelter Staff,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the campus of Wayne State University.
“Homelessness in the transgender community is pervasive,” said Carrie Tune-Copeland, chairperson of TransGender Michigan. According to a release issued by TransGender Michigan, a study done in 2002 showed that one in five transgender individuals are in need of or at risk for needing homeless shelter assistance.
According to a statement by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, “Transgender youth and adults … can experience extreme difficulties in obtaining adequate and safe shelter.”
Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center and TransGender Michigan are among the organizations leading the training.
To register or for more information contact Carrie Tune-Copeland at 810-397-1026 or carrietunecopeland@comcast.net. Additional training opportunities for those who cannot attend the Dec. 2 date can also be arranged.

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