Texas salon boutique that’s become a ‘safe space’ for gay men, lesbians and trans people
Dallas, Texas — The Salon Boutique at The Place is a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who have felt like their sexual identity has been questioned, said Sarah Schaffer, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas School of Law.
“We’re saying we don’t have to hide,” Schaffer said in an interview.
“We don’t need to hide our sexuality or our gender.
We’re just saying, ‘Look, we can be ourselves.'”
The Salon boutique has long been an LGBT hub in Dallas, where people who were born male, but who identify as women or identify as transgender have sought refuge, Schaffer told NBC News.
But the salon has become the go-to place for those who feel unsafe in public restrooms or other places.
Schaffer and others say the Salon Boutiques, which are located in downtown Dallas, offers a safe and welcoming space for those seeking to feel their gender and sexuality as they choose.
The salon also offers a place where customers can come together and socialize, a place for them to meet and feel comfortable with others, and a place to learn how to navigate the legal system.
Schaff, who is gay, said she first heard about the Salon boutique in 2015 after an online search for transgender people.
The Salon Boutices are not just a place of refuge, but a space where people can talk about their identities, Schaff said.
She said the salon provides people with a safe place to share their thoughts, share their stories and learn about how to safely navigate the process of transitioning.
“The idea that you are going to have to be there, the idea that people are going be asking questions, that it’s going to be a very, very safe place is a false notion,” Schaff told NBC.
“It is a space for the individual to be themselves.”
Schaffer said that because of the Salon’s success, the Salon has grown from a few hundred clients a year to more than 3,000 clients a month, and now has about 600 members.
She said the business is open to all who want to come and enjoy the Salon.
Schiff said that people who are transitioning do not need to be “out to everyone.”
“You can be a friend,” she said.
“You can have a business relationship.
You can be your own boss.
You don’t even have to know that.”
The Salon, which opened in 2014, is located in the historic Old Fourth Ward building, which was home to the United States Mint, the Dallas County Courthouse, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and other historic buildings.
The building has long housed the National Guard and the United Nations, Schiff said.
Schuff said that the salon serves primarily young people, but also older people and people with disabilities.
“It’s been a place that has really been a safe home for people who don’t necessarily identify as gay, straight or lesbian,” Schuff said.
“I’m sure there are more people that are transgender in this community than I am.”
Schiff described the salon as a safe haven for those “who feel like they have been overlooked or have felt that they’re not being heard because they are trans or because they don’t fit in the typical way.”
She said that many of the people who come in and out of the salon feel welcome because of its friendly atmosphere and friendly staff.
“Many people come to the Salon, especially the younger generation, because they feel safe and they feel comfortable,” she told NBC, adding that they also want to feel comfortable in the world and in the workplace.
Schff said the Salon is a place people should be able to go to and be themselves.
“If you don’t want to be afraid of being judged or uncomfortable in public, then go somewhere else,” she added.
“People are going there because they want to find a safe, accepting space that’s not judgmental and that’s safe and that allows them to have their authentic selves and not have to try to fit in.”
Schaff said that one of the reasons people want to visit the Salon to see it open, is because it gives them the chance to experience being themselves.
Schilling said the company is excited to have the salon open in its current location, but that the opening is contingent on funding.
The company has set a goal of $500,000 for the Salon in the next three years.
“Our goal is to open a salon in every major city in the country, but we have to reach that goal first,” Schilling said.
She added that the company plans to work with the local governments in the region to provide a safe environment.
Schill said the future of the company depends on people’s willingness to come in, but the salon will continue to expand in the years to come.
Schills said she hopes the salon can help people find their place in society, and that the success of the business will allow