This site is here to facilitate connections between people who need a place to stay, and people who want to lend a helping hand. I sincerely hope that everyone here has only the purest of intentions, and that especially since this network is primarily trans people helping other trans people, that we could all be compassionate and kind at all times. That being said, this is still the internet. While I will continue to try to find ways to vet both couch surfers and hosts, and while I sincerely, truly want all of you to be safe at all times, this is the internet. I cannot guarantee that anyone posting here is who they say they are. I cannot promise you that someone posting on this site won’t try to do terrible things, or succeed in doing terrible things to you or to your property. People lie, people cheat, and people steal. It is up to YOU to make sure that YOU feel comfortable, safe, and happy in whatever situation you are in. If you don’t feel comfortable hosting someone, or if you don’t feel comfortable accepting someone’s offer, THAT IS OK. Your safety is your priority, and you are the only one that can be fully responsible for your well being.
Essentially: TRUST YOUR GUT.
I am not at all in any way capable of or responsible for performing a background check on every single person posting here, and I am not responsible if you host someone who ends up stealing your laptop or eating your food or doing something far worse. Likewise, I am not responsible for any people who offer their couch and are generally unsavory. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE. JUST BE SAFE, OK? BE SMART, MAKE SMART CHOICES, USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM. DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SAFE, HAPPY, AND COMFORTABLE WITH THE PEOPLE YOU ARE HOSTING OR BEING HOSTED BY. THAT IS THE PRIORITY.
In the simplest terms, I’m not responsible for you. I’m not your parent and I’m not going to babysit you. I will do what I can to encourage everyone to make safe and healthy choices regarding their guests or hosts, but that is the extent of my responsibility. I really cannot be more clear about this. Just don’t be irresponsible or an asshole and everything will be peachy!