Trans Safety Tips at LGBTQ Bars
Trans safety tips at LGBTQ bars and clubs are an essential part of having a great time out on the town. This guide is primarily focused on the experience of transwomen visiting LGBTQ bars and nightclubs although it is equally applicable to transmen. Many bars abide by some or all of the principles contained in our helpful guide on how to establish a trans-inclusive bar or club.
Visiting an LGBT bar or nightclub can be a fun and exciting experience where you may feel as if you’re among your people. It’s great to be accepted and validated. It’s important, however, to keep safety in mind. As a transgender person, you may face additional challenges when it comes to staying safe, but by following a few simple tips, you can reduce your risk and have a more enjoyable time.
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Here is a list of 10 safety tips that can help transgender people stay safe while visiting LGBT bars or nightclubs:
10 Safety Tips at LGBTQ Bars and Clubs
1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Be mindful of who is around you and what’s going on in the area. If you notice anything suspicious, don’t be afraid to leave and find a safer place. Be sure to keep your personal belongings, such as your purse or wallet, close to you at all times.
2. Trust Your Instincts
If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, don’t hesitate to leave the area. Notify club management if you feel unsafe, or call for law enforcement assistance if necessary.
3. Let Someone Know Where You’re Going
It’s a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. This will give them the ability to check on you if they haven’t heard from you.
4. Keep Your Phone Charged
It’s a good idea to keep your phone charged and with you at all times. This will give you the ability to call for help if you need it. It may be helpful to have a prearranged plan in place for a friend to respond if you say or text a key phrase.
5. Drink Responsibly
Be aware of your alcohol consumption. It’s easy to let your guard down when you’re drinking, so be sure to drink responsibly. If you feel too drunk to take care of yourself, it’s best to stop drinking and call it a night.
6. Be Aware of People
If someone makes you uncomfortable or you feel unsafe, don’t hesitate to leave their company. This is closely related to tip #2 to trust your instincts. Notify club management or call for assistance if needed.
7. Dress Appropriately
It’s a good idea to dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident. If you feel good about the way you look, that sense of confidence will make you less likely to be targeted by predators.
8. Be Aware of Laws
Be aware of the laws in the area you’re visiting. Know what is and isn’t legal, and be prepared to act accordingly if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Avoid unlawful behaviors and locations where such activities are taking place.
9. Go With Friends
Try to go to places where you have a support system such as friends or allies. This might be a local transgender-friendly nightclub that promoted trans equality. These can be great places to make new friends and explore your place in the LGBTQ community.
10. Watch for Harassment
Be aware of any possible harassment or discrimination and have an escape plan to remove yourself from the situation. This is where having your emergency contacts on standby can be helpful.
By following these tips, you can reduce your risk and have a more enjoyable time visiting an LGBT bar or nightclub. Remember that your safety is of paramount importance and it’s always better to play it safe.