Finding a way out: the ‘double closet’ of being homeless and LGBTQI+

Despite marriage equality, homelessness remains a significant issue in the LGBTQI+ community, where people who are rejected by family are too afraid for their safety to access homeless services

5th July, 2020
Finding a way out: the ‘double closet’ of being homeless and LGBTQI+
Glen O’Callaghan, a key worker in homeless services, says LGBTQI+ homeless people may have fears of rejection stemming from their experiences. Picture: Fergal Phillips

“I remember I sat in my car on a wet, miserable day coming into November. I looked in the back in disbelief at the three plastic bags,” Jane recalls. “I'd a roof over my head on Tuesday night and on Wednesday was sleeping in my car.”

Twelve years ago, 58-year-old Tipperary trans woman Jane was outed. Another trans woman came to her hometown and, stupidly but not maliciously, she says, “told...

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