A growing refugee crisis is occurring in the United States, and it is getting very little coverage. I highlight the growing migration crisis, the people fleeing, and the laws they are fleeing from.
We are not leaving Texas (married to trans adult) but we heavily considered it during the legislative session. Almost every parent of a trans child is moving out of Texas if financially able.
This is a stain on our country as well as uncharted lawsuit territory
One of my good friends is fleeing Florida after living here for over 50 years. She ran away to live here as a teenager, fleeing an abusive foster home in NY, and she says Florida feels the scariest it’s ever felt as a trans woman now. She built an amazing life here, and now she is leaving. It’s heart breaking.
My husband and I are proud parents of two transgender daughters ages 20 and 13. We also have 17 and 12 year old cisgender sons. We are moving from FL to MA on July 6th. Like so many other families leaving FL we are losing our whole extended family and friends. We were fortunate enough to buy our dream house 5 years ago and now are starting over in a fixer upper home with double the interest rate. Moving is going to have a negative ripple effect on our retirement and finances. It’s worth it for our daughters to have access to healthcare, feel safer in the community, and go to schools that will respect them and their pronouns, and not try to erase them. Our family will always love and support our daughters and choose what’s best for them.
I'm waiting for a mifepristone-like maneuver from a radical right state that seeks to nationalize some sort of ban on trans Healthcare, whether that be HRT related or by some other means. You KNOW they want to.
I noticed that the 55-64 range has the smallest number of moves. It's the situation that I am in. I work for an amazing and inclusive company in Indiana for over three decades, my pay is good and I'm not ready to retire yet, I really need another 5 years and my pension will be so much better than if I leave now and take a new position at another company, even if the pay is better, I'd be worse off financially. I live in a rather safe place to be trans in this state even if it is a very red state. Even my small city is still red possibly purple for next election. However, Indiana could be the next TN, FL, or TX, the bigotry of Indiana politicians are no different and they have the supermajority votes. I have helped numerous individuals and mostly families within my area with both funds and/or a place to stay if traveling thru my area. Let us all help those who need some assistance however we can. There are many tiny groups of just a few people coming together to help one at a time. I've also helped known individuals thru GoFundMe.
I can't bring myself to read this (yet). I just came home from a 'see ya later' dinner... I don't want to say goodbye... and yet, two of my child's close friends are leaving... one next week and the other in a month. It is a bittersweet moment. While I am happy for their families, and excited and grateful they are able to do this - - I am (selfishly) sad for my child and myself.... and for the supposed great state of Montana. [And chuckling now, wondering if they read this sub, too! LOL] Montana is losing some great people. :( And for a state with such limited resources... that's.very.sad!
So just remember that this is the first sign of trouble , if books are banned , that means things are going wrong. It means that you are surrounded by force, fear and ignorance, that power is in the hands of barbarians.
We left Texas 18 months ago for NM. Trans refugees plain and simple.
I'm in Missouri. Kansas City, to be precise. And while I've considered it, I'm not ready to leave; I'd rather stay and fight. And we've had some (small) victories. The ban on adult trans care enacted by the AG was lifted, and KC just declared itself a sanctuary city for trans folks. The mayor and much of the city council are friendly to us. So while I won't fault anyone who decides to leave, things could be a hell of a lot worse here.
Thank you so much for your ongoing work. Our family was one of the ones lucky enough to have the resources to leave Missouri. Do you know of organizations where we can donate to help others facing this decision?
Is there a fund to help those struggling to find the funds to move ?
Do you have any recommendations on where we might be able to donate to help people move?
The Bay Area is an option for me, still expensive but we have multiple campuses in that area that I technically could transfer to and maybe keep my acrueing pension - lots of companies we purchased in 35 years under the umbrella of the company I work for. The pension is a legacy one and may or my not transfer and still grow. Nice chatting and I may need to seriously consider this option.
I'm in Texas and I have 2 kids in college here. I'm hoping to be able to stay until they're done, but after that, if not before, I'm definitely heading to a safe state.
Avery Jackson’s family is raising funds to relocate from Missouri, where Avery’s mom, Debi Jackson, has been receiving threats for her forward-facing activism. Here is her GoFundMe: