Imagine being forced to leave your home, simply because of who you are. This is what happened to Queen, a transgender woman living in North Carolina.
Queen, who was born male but transitioned to female so that she could live her life as the woman she has always known herself to be, was renting an apartment in North Carolina. She had a good relationship with her landlord until one day when her apartment had a leak and he came over to fix it. It was then that her landlord saw her rainbow flag and equality stickers, and the conversation changed. Suddenly, he began challenging Queen about why she had those items and what they stood for.
Two weeks later, the landlord told Queen that the house was being sold and that she would have to move out. It was difficult to find another place to live on such short notice, so she was forced to move in with her family for a while.
Having so many doors closed makes you want to give up on yourself.
Queen later discovered that the landlord immediately rented the apartment to another tenant after Queen left. The house wasn’t being sold—he just didn’t want Queen living there after he discovered that she is transgender1. “Having so many doors closed makes you want to give up on yourself,” said Queen.
Queen lost her home simply because of who she is. Today in North Carolina, the same thing can still happen to other LGBT2 residents who can be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, or even denied services like medical treatment.
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Can be fired or denied a promotion
Can be evicted from their homes or denied housing
Can be denied service at public establishments, denied medical treatment, or even kicked out of restaurants or businesses
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