But they didn’t like their conditions, either.“I don’t wanna do this, but I have got to eat, have to have somewhere to go.
Again, the survey authors wrote, black trans women reported “the highest rate at 44%.”Those national figures were reinforced by a November study by the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.It tends to be more aggressive; it tends to be more hostile. When things like that happen, and you don’t have another route, you just have to suck it up and do what you have to do.It’s definitely more graphic.”But trans women in Detroit who spoke to Buzz Feed News believe they are targeted, attacked simply for being who they are or because they are in a neighborhood where trans women are known to congregate. I needed to get my hair did, buy clothes, eat, you know.”Personal anecdotes and academic studies echo common explanations for how transgender women end up working in a survival economy: Families ridicule or beat transgender girls when they try to come out.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.“I know of seven girls who have been murdered out here,” said Lakyra Dawson.Out as a transgender woman for seven years, Dawson was standing across from Detroit’s Palmer Park on Woodward Avenue. I feel like we are being targeted.”In a three-month span, three black trans or gender-nonconforming people were killed in Detroit this year, two near Palmer Park.Ashia was invited to sign paperwork and give fingerprints for a job in Detroit, she said, but the hiring manager paused after seeing her ID.“Once she figured out what was going on and that I was born male, she kinda totally changed her whole demeanor,” Ashia recalled. In Detroit, the city council has banned LGBT discrimination in employment and housing — but it’s not clear that employers in the city know about the law, or that job applicants feel they have recourse if they’re turned away.“I seen people get shot, jumped on, robbed, everything,” said Beyoncé Carter — she has a name like the singer — while checking over her shoulder every few seconds to keep her eye on a man standing on the corner. But some days, I just say, ‘Fuck it, I need some money.'”For Carter, Dawson, and other trans women Buzz Feed News interviewed in Detroit, facing this environment isn’t a choice. I do what I got to do to survive.”Woodward Avenue begins at the Detroit River, forming the city’s central aorta through downtown.“I want to be a girl, so if that’s the risk you take, I’m taking it. The six lanes go northwest past glass towers, then chic bars and salons, then strip malls and auto shops and empty industrial buildings, and eventually reaching the hulking beige Déjà Vu strip club near the southern tip of the park at the intersection of Six Mile Road.“Six Mile and Woodward?