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posted on 2018-08-16, 13:53 authored by Saoirse Caitlin O'Shea
I’m a non-binary trans person physically ‘transitioning’ and living in the NE of England. I ‘came out’ a number of years ago and subsequently lost family and home. Underemployed on a zero hour contract that pays so little, I now live in fuel poverty in subsidised social housing and eat food supplied by a food bank. But I am thankful that I am no longer homeless; aged 52 I spent six months through the Winter and Spring of 2015/16 rough sleeping. What I wake to is fear of eviction if I can’t pay my rent – it forecloses my life to the extent that I fantasize about making myself homeless again just to escape that pervasive fear. After paying rent, council tax, electricity, water and outstanding debts I have less than £7 per week to live on. I was once an academic.

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Graduate Journal of Social Science, 2018, 14(2), pp. 47–57

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business

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Graduate Journal of Social Science

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Amsterdam University Press

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1572-3763

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2018-02-05

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2018

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2018-10-10

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http://gjss.org/sites/default/files/issues/chapters/papers/GJSS Vol 14-2 4 OShea.pdf

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en

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