Dating a transgendered man
From where she stood on Woodward Avenue on a frigid Thursday night, Dawson pointed out where 20-year-old Amber Monroe was shot dead after she got out of a car on Aug. Dawson was around the corner from the side street where a person who simply went by the name Melvin — who numerous people said was a gay man who worked as a transgender woman — was found fatally shot on Oct 5.Dawson said she was pistol-whipped and robbed one night last year by a man behind a restaurant up the street.
It’s a day here,” Ashia said, sitting on the edge of a bed in a motel room. “Lately I haven’t really applied myself, and that’s because I got comfortable with the sex work.
Ashia, who declined to provide her last name, said she was standing on Woodward one night when a man approached. Kids tease them at school, and teachers punish them for wearing clothes that clash with gender expectations.
They leave home young, often without diplomas, and move to cities and neighborhoods where they can find transgender families that offer emotional support.
“Then she was like, ‘We’ll call you.’” Ashia remembers thinking: “You called me to come in today. Discriminating on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation is legal in Michigan.
(There are no federal laws explicitly protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination, though several federal agencies argue current civil rights laws provide those protections.)None of the transgender women in Detroit who spoke to Buzz Feed News felt like victims, powerless to get a job, intractably subjected to violence — they all had agency to work as they wanted and defend themselves.