Vancouver, BC – 24-year-old transgender man Jessie Anderson recently announced the upcoming 2015 launch of his latest project: Big Bro’s Barbershop, an LGBTQ2SIA-inclusive barbershop and resource centre to be located on unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Big Bro’s Barbershop promises to provide a safe space dedicated to accessibility and community wellness. “Barbershops already have a history as masculinized community centres,” Anderson explains. “Big Bro’s Barbershop isn’t meant to compete with the masculine atmospheres of other shops, but to instead offer a more inclusive idea of what that masculinity can look like. No client’s requested services will be denied or modified based on how I, as the service provider, have chosen to interpret the client’s gender.” Big Bro’s Barbershop also intends to be the best non-medical resource in the city for trans* individuals of all gender expressions by regularly stocking a wide variety of gender affirmation products – including chest binders, gaff underwear, breast enhancers, and packers – at affordable prices, and by offering a permanent brick-and-mortar presence to a near-invisible community connected through a series of sporadic underground events.
Attendees of local queer kink events may be familiar with Anderson’s prior community involvement under his alias, Charlie Spats. As his sex worker alter-ego, Anderson has helped to throw both the sTeam bathhouse parties in 2012 and the FIST. play parties in 2014. In 2013, he launched Porn For Everyone!, a website providing free access to adult content in the name of positive, authentic visibility of queer bodies. However, despite past projects, Anderson insists that Big Bro’s Barbershop is a family-friendly establishment, and hopes that his shop will be a comfortable place for transgender youth and their families to access resources together.
Anderson has estimated start-up costs of $30,000 for Big Bro’s Barbershop, and has invited online supporters to back the shop’s launch in exchange for store credit and discounts, and in-store advertisements.
More information about Big Bro’s Barbershop and its GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign can be found at http://BigBrosBarbershop.com.
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Direct GoFundMe link: http://gofundme.com/BigBrosBarbershop