Our dear friend, Gloria, is in need of some community support and love. A couple weeks ago, Gloria experienced an unanticipated, lengthy hospital stay due to illness. In addition to being physically exhausted, Gloria is simultaneously struggling with employment challenges and overdue bills. Gloria is one of many transgender people who has experienced employment discrimination in the past (see below for more information). While she has taken every possible step to secure some financial relief through the system and appropriate channels, it is simply not enough.
But we can help.
Gloria is not a statistic. She is a loving family member and friend, a caring neighbour, a talented musician, and a proud New Brunswick community member. She has dedicated her time and energy to helping marginalized folks through her advocacy and activism as well as reaching out to her neighbours in need of a helping hand. The world, but especially New Brunswick, is a better place because of the light that Gloria's energy offers all those around her.
Come on out to our coffee-house to raise some funds for Gloria. There will be musical entertainment, performances, and a silent auction.
If you are in Saint John, this event is also happening in honour of Gloria: https://www.facebook.com/events/232393373974918/
Some of Gloria's story:
Watch her powerful words in this VICE documentary (at 18:30 mark): https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/on-hold-canadian-transgender-health-access/55d64adb1956df9a33a757fe
From the Trans Pulse Survey:
Trans folks income was $15,000 per year.
13% had been fired for being trans (another 15% were fired, and believed it might be because they were trans). Because they were trans, 18% were turned down for a job; another 32% suspected this was why they were turned down. Additionally, 17% declined a job they had applied for and were actually
offered, because of the lack of a trans-positive and safe work environment.