Denver , Colorado USA 80205
It was a very cold january day the 5, 2011 a new year had just began and I was helping my partner at the time who was pregnant get to the hospital. She choose to have her delivery at St joseph’s hospital here off twentieth ave in the heart of Downtown Denver. We had no car so we waited at the bus stop . I had hopes of co parenting her soon to be born Daughter. when the bus arrived that would take up warmly to the hospital we noticed the doors would not open. WE were not welcomed as is usual here downtown Denver. instead the bus driver a african american man shouted no fucking Faggots are allowed on my bus!. WE were shocked we needed this ride to seek medical attention. I felt awful and that my status as a Transgender woman who recently had been living full time thanks the support i found in my pregnant partner Chasta Hart was the source for this conflict. this was just the beginning of what would be a day that should be the very best in any parents life turning into a nightmare. we reported the driver to the Bus company RTD and walked up to the colfax bus line to get near the hospital instead of taking our intended route. This was not the end of what would be a family splitting endeavor of adressingthe labor my then girlfriend was enduring.
The hospital also asked who i was as a birth partner and had awkward questions. Was i the baby’s birth father?. which felt more like is this pregnancy your doing? along with many other strange questions the result of which was my getting to stay with my partner for the pregnancy. Little did we know we were both being thrown out of the shelter where we had been living Samaritan house because my partner had received a prepaid cell phone from the baby daddy they counted as unreported income. We did not know it yet but we were now once again made homeless and considered indigent. a social worker was called. the RN in charge of Her Daughters birth was my highschool sweethearts mother. they had gone to nursing school to deliver babies. She recognized me immediately and never documented or talked to anyone about the conflict of being in charge of our delivery. Upon the birth of my partner Chasta marie Hart’s Daughter questions were brought up in the delivery room about gender and sex as if my Being non binary and a transgender woman affected the sex of Chastas new born daughter. It was inappropriate and there was not a damn thing i knew of i could do about it. When the team was making us a going home plan they took away Chasta hart’s daughter and sent in a social worker in to our recovery room. They informed us that we were once again homeless because leaving our beds for the Delivery was decided as us abandoning our belongings and spots at samaritan house. We were not able to be placed anywhere else because of discriminatory emergency housing policy so instead the birthing center alerted child protective services and deemed us negligent and took custody of Chasta hart’s new born Daughter who we had named Alice Mckenzie Hart. The social worker literally asked us where people like us go when we are facing homelessness and decided failure was a viable option. I Even tried to leverage my facing heart surgery the following week as a reason we needed emergency housing eligibility. the State and all charity organizations had failed us. MY family support system was left out in the cold and on the streets of Denver. january , 5 2011. we would go on to fight for custody only to lose Alice M. HArt to the system permanently.