Palmer Park Coat Drive Will Benefit Detroit’s Trans Community

Hosted by Julisa Abad, the Director of Trans outreach for the Fair Michigan Justice Project, the event will be held at Menjos on McNichols in Palmer Park from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 18.

A coat drive being held on Saturday in the Palmer Park area will benefit Detroit’s trans community.

Julisa Abad is the Director of Trans outreach for the Fair Michigan Justice Project. She says many trans folks are barely getting by and could use some help.

“A lot of trans women of color have to do survival sex work in order to survive and are displaced and don’t have a place to go,” explains Abad.

Abad is a trans woman of color herself. This is her seventh year running the coat drive as a way to support the long-underserved trans community.

“If there’s any trans individual that is in need of a coat, male or female, they can come see me December 18 at Menjos,” says Abad. “I give out coats winter essentials of gifts for trans individuals they have a hot meal a holiday meal.”

Abad is providing the coats and she’s partnered with fellow activist and caregiver Racquelle Trammell to provide food. Abad says anything left over she will take directly to individuals in the neighborhood.

The event will be held at Menjos on McNichols in Palmer Park from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 18.

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