Rush McKenzie lives in what seems like endless summer, just blocks away from the beach in Santa Barbara, California. His three-story apartment complex—with a stone courtyard and palm trees in every direction—is one of the few Section 8 complexes for low-income workers in a city that’s known to be prohibitively expensive. Many of the residents couldn’t move, even if they wanted to. But where his neighbors might joke that they’re trapped in paradise, McKenzie feels trapped in purgatory—harassed by his neighbors, he says, for being trans. He feels the legal system has sided with his harassers.
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