We often get people messaging or emailing asking us whether we have thought about offering menstrual cups or reusable cloth pads to the women and Transmen we support. In short, yes we have! However there are several reasons why we don’t offer these as an option. Though we welcome the question as it allows us to explain a little more on what the experience of homelessness is actually like. Please note, this post is not at all meant to be condescending, we’re just trying to paint a picture of what life is like out there when you’re living on the streets.
If you're not already following Raff over at Beauty On Your Own Terms (https://www.facebook.com/makeup4amonth) - BOYOT, you should be!
Raff is wearing make up every day for the month of May, to 'raise awareness of a persons right to feel beautiful on their own behalf.'
While doing so, Raff is blogging his journey and also raising money for MPP, which of course we are thrilled about. Only three days in and BOYOT has already raised enough to supply a Period Pack to 16 women experiencing homelessness. This is incredible!
Street Stories: Alice
We met Alice the other night when we were doing outreach. She was sitting on the pavement with her few possessions, outside a busy pub. Alice looked around 55, very slight build, her face lined with crevices and wrinkles that made her seem as though the years had always been hard for her.
I didn’t spot Alice initially. It was the man standing in front of her that made me stop and take notice. The man in the business suit, with the neat tie and well polished shoes. The man who reached into his pocket, pulled out some coins and looked at them.
**How to support the homeless period**
As per this facebook post:
If you'd like to provide menstrual support for a person experiencing homelessness please check out the locations below, where you can drop off your much needed donation. Business locations are listed first.
Suburb locations of private drop off points are listed next. Postal details are at the end of the facebook post.