A bakery shop in Australia has become a beacon of safety for women who suffer from gender dysphoria.
It all started when the owner of a bike shop in Melbourne, Jennifer Fitch, discovered that her customers were transitioning from male to female.
“When I first opened my shop, I just said, ‘Oh, that’s amazing, that is amazing’,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We are a really small business and there are only so many of us, so it’s not a big place.”
“But now, people just go in, we have women, they go in and have a cup of coffee and a cookie.”
“We had a woman come in and we said, well, it’s OK, she’s a good customer, she just wants to buy a box of cookies and get out.”
After Fitch told the woman what to expect, she realised it would not be enough to support all of her customers, who came from a range of backgrounds.
“So I said, I want to support a different demographic,” she said.
“I think I was actually able to say to the customer that this is where I really love to do this.”
It just became really important that we cater to a different community.
I was like, well this is my community, and I don’t want to alienate them from that.”‘
We are not looking for a cookie, we are not asking for a box, we just want to buy cookies’The shop has since become known for its cookies, which the owners say have become a staple of their customer base.”
For the most part, we get them through our website, but we also do a lot of hand-to-mouth,” Ms Fitch said.
Ms Fitch is now working to turn the shop into a transgender-friendly bakery.”
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