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Why

Especially visibly trans and gender non-conforming people experience harassment in public spaces on a daily basis, be it through gazing, ridiculing, insulting or assaulting. This gets multiplied when trans folks also experience racism and other forms of oppression. Data about the living experiences of trans people is still scarce, however, a survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality with over 27.000 respondents in the US from 2015 found that 31% experienced discrimination in public accomodations when the staff knew or thought that the guest was transgender. 20% of the respondents avoid at least one accomodation type for fear of mistreatment[1] We believe that there is an urgent need to create more safer spaces for our community in all aspects of our lives to live peacefully, joyfully and without fear.

Some people may think: ‘Oh, but the trans community is so small. I don’t believe that a business with that specific target group can work out. There simply won’t be enough demand.’ We think: Yes, the trans community is fairly small in numbers when looking at the global or any national human population. Our community is therefore a highly marginalized group. That’s a reason though why cisgender[2]. -owned businesses tend to not see us as a specific target group. Figuering out how many of us there are is not an easy task. Official data collection e.g. via national censuses specifically taking trans and gender non-conforming people into account just started in recent years e.g. in India, US, Canada, UK, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. According to a survey by statista from 2021 with more than 19.000 people in 27 countries trans and non-conforming people make about 2% of the global human population.[3] In 2021 that was an equivalent of more than 157 Mio. souls – almost twice the entire German population. Having these numbers in mind, our little guest house can only serve as a beginning for more to come..

Exclusivity

Shouldn’t trans people be more visible and included into cisgender-owned spaces
instead of setting up exclusive spaces where they could rather be not visible?

Absolutely, yes - as that should equally be the case for racialized folks, for queer folks, for folks with disabilities etc. to achieve equity. However, as our numbers are so small (ca. 2 %) and most cis- and/or endogender people (ca. 98%) don’t ever get to know a trans or inter person in their lives, cis- and endogender privilege as well as cis- and endosexism remain very strong, which means ignorance remains very persistent. We as trans, inter and gender non-conforming folks don’t owe cis- and endogender people an explanation around our identities and bodies and certainly don’t want to be in situations where we have to explain ourselves again and again. We want to breathe, to take rest and enjoy life like every other human being. This reason definitely justifies to create an exclusive business space. If some cis- and endogender people now think this qualifies as discrimination against everyone who is not trans, inter and gender non-conforming, then we strongly encourage to get educated on the very definition of discrimination and its practises against us throughout history.

We have the right to choose to center trans, inter and gender non-conforming folks for our business purpose. Cisgender and endogender folks will always have the privilege to be centered in 99,9% of all other public accomodation worldwide.
For the future, we can only fight and hope that we don’t see these spaces as a necessacity anymore.

[1]https://transequality.org/USTS-Full-Report-Dec17.pdf

[2]Cisgender people identify with their at birth assigned sex, which means that they are not trans, or short: if you’re not transgender, you are cisgender.

[3]https://www.statista.com/gender-identity-worldwide-country/