Kristy: Being pregnant on the streets was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my life. It’s very dangerous, as a woman, out here. There are so many more opportunities for men, than there are for women. Did you know that there’s 20 something shelters for men and there’s only 4 for women and they’re always full.
The father didn’t want to have anything to do with us but I had one friend, James, who really protected me when I was pregnant. This guy swung a metal rod at me while I was asleep, at 4 o'clock in the morning, and James went after him. He was my savior out here.
So, I had my daughter and gave her up a month ago to a beautiful family that couldn’t have children. She only weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces.
BW: Was she premature?
Kristy: No, she wasn’t, but out here on the streets it’s a very hard thing to take care of yourself. I didn’t eat right or sleep well out here, so she was very small. She’s doing well now, though. Fortunately, the people at the lesbian bookstore are really sweet and let me sleep on the front porch. It’s sort of a neutral territory where the police can’t mess with you.
BW: That’s great to hear about a business being so kind and welcoming, while other businesses are installing spikes to keep homeless people from sitting in front of their building.
Do you get updates on your daughter?
Kristy: Yes, it was an open adoption. I get to see her for the first time next week. *smiles* Her name is Emily Rose.