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"Word of Mouth" How The Trans+ Community Found Itself

Gathering Places

In the later years of the 20th century, Trans+ people found safe spaces wherever they could. More often than not, the big cities offered hope of finding direct connections with like-minded people. Such gathering places were like an oasis in a desert; they provided Trans+ people with a chance to be themselves for an evening or a weekend, surrounded by others like themselves. For once, people like them weren’t always miles away, far out of reach. They were tangible and real. Finally, it was possible to talk face to face.

Jude Patton Discussing Organizing Community - December 19, 2019

Community gatherings could take many forms. As Jude Patton describes here, they would often change and evolve.

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