This morning I reconnected with our good friends Tanesh and Pierre as they were taking some classes on Market Street. This highlight will share Tanesh’s story, but if you are interested in reading about Pierre, his story in our previous blog post can be found here.
A little over four years ago, Tanesh was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle Article days after she was harassed and denied access to a female bathroom because she is transgender. After years and years of battling with the city, this case is still open. Tanesh shared the obstacles of finding a place to sleep at night as all the shelters separate [or deny] couples access to their beds. Furthermore, they mentioned that they are not interested in sleeping in places like the Tenderloin Linkage Center or anywhere in the immediate area because of its danger.
Cases like Tanesh’s are an important reminder that addressing solutions to homelessness must include those who are a part of the LGTBQ+ communities. Approximately 10% and 15% of those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco identify as a part of the LGTBQ+ community.
We know Tanesh and Pierre very well and frequently contact them. If you want to donate to Tanesh [and Pierre], please click the button below and write a comment, “Tanesh.” We look forward to continuing to help them get out of experiencing homelessness.