On the cutting edge: Barbershop for transgender people in Vancouver

There’s a nice article on the Van City Buzz site about a young trans man — a qualified barber — who has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him get his barbershop for transgender people up and cutting.

It will be more than a barbershop: Jessie Anderson hopes to make it a general “makeover space” for “transmen, transwomen and anyone who else who identifies as trans,” the report says.

On his crowdfunding page, he says: “Big Bro’s Barbershop isn’t just a place to get your hair cut. It’s a place to freely express yourself, wherever on the gender spectrum you fall. It’s a place for trans youth and adults, and their allies, to get referrals for counseling, a list of books to read, a person to answer personal questions, or just to meet another trans person for the first time. Vancouver’s gay community has had Little Sister’s Bookstore since the 1980s. Trans people need a place that cares for them as more than the rarely-considered tail of LGBT, and that’s Big Bro’s Barbershop. ”

About $5,000 of the $15,000 he is hoping to raise has been pledged so far.

This is a worthwhile cause, and a very cool way to show your support for trans people.

Who knows? This idea could catch on, and lead to similar businesses in your town.

— Jillian Page, LGBT Perspectives editor

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“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey

 

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