Sheltering Gender Non-Binary Individuals: Providing Welcoming Services

Non-binary people – individuals who do not identify as either female or male – now make up the largest segment of the transgender population, and yet are the least discussed or understood. Even more troublesome, new federal requirements to provide non-discriminatory services give limited guidance on how to serve non-binary individuals if the services offered are sex-segregated or sex-specific. This document explores these knowledge gaps in detail, providing “best practices” for sheltering non-binary survivors. Includes sections on supplies and fostering a shelter culture of respect and wholeness. A glossary and resources are included.  Bonus material: Story of the first legally-recognized non-binary person in the U.S.

 

[Publication at press.  Available February 2017.]