A woman has filed a human rights complaint against a Toronto shelter for female recovering addicts, claiming staff forced her to share a small double room with a pre-operative male-to-female transgender person.
Hanna said the woman is in her late 20s, has facial hair, chest hair, and wears large black combat boots that “trigger” her with their thumping. She said at one communal dinner, the roommate talked about having had a wife in the past, and a pregnant fiancée, and was overheard talking about some unidentified women as “hot” and expressing her preference for Latina women. Hanna said her mannerisms came across as “piggish” and inappropriate.
She spent two nights sharing the room — constantly looking over to make sure her roommate was still in bed, she said — before taking an indefinite leave from the shelter.
Meanwhile in Australia . . .
VICTORIAN government staff are being asked to avoid using “gendered” language and instead use pronouns such as “they” or “them”.
They Day is an initiative of the department’s Pride Network. The Australian reported other Victorian government departments will consider adopting They Day, while DHHS will possibly label bathroom facilities to meet specific needs of non-binary, gender-fluid, transgender or intersex employees.
In 2016, the Victorian government released its Inclusive Language Guide, which encouraged public servants to “avoid using heteronormative language” such as “husband” and “wife”.
The guide also warned staff to “avoid misgendering” and to be “be aware that some gender neutral pronouns exist, such as ‘zie’ and ‘hir’”. “By using inclusive language when referring to LGBTI persons, the public sector will reflect these values within both the sector and the community it serves,” the guide said.