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Karleigh Answers The Call


This blog post is part of a series of interviews in which we invite you to learn more about our Hotline work from the perspective of our operators. In order to meet increased need for our services around the holidays we’re trying to raise $75,000 by 11/26/2019. Thanks to a matching gift, every dollar you give between now and then will be doubled! Donate now or read on to be inspired by our operator Karleigh.

Karleigh has worked as a staff operator on the hotline since December 2017. She brings the identities of being trans, African-American, athlete, journalist to the table, and believes fervently that trans people deserve to be recognized for the things we do instead of the labels of the things we are.

Tell us a little about your backstory.

The first Trans Day of Remembrance I attended in New Haven in 2016 was a defining moment for... Read More

Trans Employment and the Supreme Court


To Our Dear Community --

Last Friday, the Trump administration issued a brief to the Supreme Court asking it to rule that it is legal for employers to fire people for being transgender.

Trump’s Justice Department has pressed the highest court in the land to set a dangerous legal precedent...

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Highlight in Philanthropy: Ramona Sharples' Amazing Buttons and Pins

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Fed up with not seeing bodies like hers represented, even in body positive spaces, Ramona Sharples took matters into her own hands -- and created something uniquely beautiful.

To make the pins extra sweet, Ramona decided to go one step further and...

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Trans Military Ban — Ugly, Unprecedented, and Unsurprising


Yesterday, the US Defense Department approved a plan to ban transgender people who have transitioned from enlisting in the military. The policy will also keep people currently enlisted in the military from beginning a transition without losing their jobs.

This is an ugly and unprecedented step backward -- but not...

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Passing the Torch


Dear Trans Lifeline Community,

This is a wonderful and bittersweet letter to write to you -- today, Trans Lifeline’s Board of Directors announces that as of March 15th, our Interim Executive Director, Sam Ames, will be stepping down from their work with Trans Lifeline and passing the torch to our...

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Go to Super Bowl LIII on February 3 with Football Hall of Famer Ron Mix


Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Ron Mix, purchased two (2) tickets to the Super Bowl to create an event to benefit the transgender community. Mix said:

“The mistreatment of transgender people is contrary to everything athletics embraces: fair play, equal opportunity and respect and judging people by their...
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Trans Lifeline Surpasses 20,000 Calls in 2018


Our Hotline operators are absolute champions.

2018 has been rough for so many trans people. But, in a year when our Hotline call volume increased by 25%, our amazing team of staff and volunteer operators -- all of whom are trans themselves -- answered 20,000 calls. And counting.

To those...

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The Holiday Commissary Campaign



Trans Lifeline was built on the radical hope that when we take care of each other, we can move the whole world. That no matter what we’re up against, no matter how long the night, we can get each other through it as a community, so long as...

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Happy Intersex Awareness Day!


October 26 is Intersex Awareness Day! We wanted to take a moment to honor our entire intersex community.

While most intersex people aren’t trans, many of the issues that our communities face are the same, and our struggles have many of the same origins. Gender and body diversity have existed...

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We Won't Back Down


To Our Beloved Community,

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article detailing the ways the Trump administration plans to legally redefine sex and gender, starting with our youth. This plan, while not yet officially enacted, would effectively exclude trans and non-binary students from legal protections under Title IX, paving...

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October 18 is Spirit Day


On Spirit Day, LGBTQ+ people and allies wear purple to show their support to LGBTQ+ youth. We encourage everyone to wear purple and speak out against bullying. Click here for more information on Spirit Day presented by GLAAD. 

LGBTQ+ students face a range of difficulties being in school. 85.2% of...

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We Believe Trans Survivors


Today’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the weeks of debate leading up to it, have been stark reminders of the ways in which our systems of power can preserve and perpetrate injustice.

For many people with a history of trauma, this week has brought back...

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Trans Lifeline Solidarity Statement with the National Prison Strike


The National Prison Strike begins this week, continuing until September 9.

Prison abolition is queer liberation; for that reason, Trans Lifeline is in solidarity with the prison strike. To learn more about the National Prison Strike, why it matters, and what you can do to support those involved, click...

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Celebrating 50,000 Calls


Since we launched in late 2014, Trans Lifeline’s Hotline has fielded calls from all 13 provinces and territories in Canada, all 50 states in the United States, and 61 other countries alloverthe world. in that time, we’ve added staff, increased our capacity to serve our community, and worked with Contact...

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Reason for Hope


Dear Ones,

It’s been another rough week in the news, and we know each new headline can feel like another reason to lose faith. But, tonight, we at Trans Lifeline want to remind you that there is still reason for hope. While the danger we face is real, it’s not the...

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Microgrants Program Celebrates $100k in Disbursed Funds


Dear Community,

As we welcome you to our new website, one that reflects the merging of two lifesaving projects into one exciting new vision, we would also like to welcome those who have not heard of our work! Microgrants is a project of Trans Lifeline, founded by and for the community....

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Why No Non-Consensual Active Rescue?


“Are you going to call someone on me if I tell you how I’m feeling?”

That is of the most common questions we get from callers. And one of the most common questions we get from people who work in crisis intervention and the general public, is why our answer is...

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Trans Lifeline Has New Leadership!


At Trans Lifeline, we believe in a brighter future for trans people.

We believe in a future where trans people have the support they need and the access to resources they deserve. As an organization, we understand that we can’t make this future a reality without talented people working with and...

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