A U.K. transgender woman was reportedly forced to leave her home out of fear after receiving death threats and being terrorized.
Nat, whose name has been changed in order to protect her identity, says she has spent years being victimized for being transgender but has been too scared to report any of the incidents, the Liverpool ECHO reports. Now, she is finally speaking out after being forced to flee her home.
She told the Liverpool ECHO that the final straw was when she woke up one morning to discover that somebody had painted death threats on her front door.
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(Death threat written on door. This picture was posed by the Liverpool ECHO, and the woman in it is an actress. The words on the door were also changed, as the words actually displayed on Nat's door were not suitable for print. Photo Credit: Liverpool ECHO)
She called her housing association, Riverside, and they called the police to report the incident as a hate crime. The graffiti was then cleaned off and they made arrangements for Nat to be moved.
Just when she thought things had gotten about as bad as they could get, Nat returned to her apartment to gather her belongings only to find a knife stuck in her front door.
“When I saw the knife, it really drove home how terrifying things had become,” Nat told the Liverpool ECHO. “Sometimes I don’t think you realize how bad things are until you are removed from the situation.”
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Nat said that she confided in neighbors about being transgender and within months, things had gotten out of control.
“I was singled out for being different and my life quickly descended into a living hell,” she said. “I was broken into twice within a week. The first time they took my valuables but the second time, they just took a carton of juice. I feel like they broke in just to torment me, not for any financial gain.”
The series of hate crimes led Nat to self harm and begin taking medication.
Nat worked on machinery and had to inform her boss that she was taking medication, ultimately leading to her termination of employment.
With no job, she was unable to afford insurance to replace a stolen laptop and struggled to even afford buying food.
Nat says that she is speaking out about her horrific experiences as a way to help troubled young people from losing their homes through the launch of a program by Riverside.
Riverside’s program, the Intensive Intervention Project, was created to help tenants between the ages of 16 to 30. They launched the program after research revealed that this age group was most likely to lose their tenancy.
“Riverside has given a new beginning,” Nat said. ”They not only moved me into a new flat and helped me apply for a hardship fund to furnish it, but I was back in work within two weeks after being referred to one of their employment and training officers.”
Nat’s Intensive Intervention officer, Peter Gallagher, said that it is “all credit to Nat that she has endured everything she has and come out the other side feeling positive.”
He added that he referred Nat to Riverside’s LGBT Tenants and Resident’s Group. Through them, she will be provided with support throughout her transition.