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This article is the second in a series on digital safety for trans people. Read the first article on private & anonymous browsing for trans people. Stalkerware, a type of spyware, that enables remote access by a person to monitor the contents of another device, such as a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. This access goes way beyond apps that are developed to find your phone if it is lost or stolen.  And despite some being marketed as parental control apps, they are not just set up to limit what kind of websites or apps a child can visit.  They are used to surveil and control people. For trans folks of any age, these tools can further isolate us. Callers on the Trans Lifeline hotline have reported various situations in which stalkerware has seriously endangered them. Some examples of this include:  Youth callers unable to access resources about being trans... Read More

How to Spot and Remove Apps Installed to Spy on You

9/3/2020
This article is the second in a series on digital safety for trans people. Read the first article on private & anonymous browsing for trans people. Stalkerware, a type of spyware, that enables remote access by a person to monitor the contents of another device, such as a mobile phone,...
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Digital Privacy for Trans Folks

7/2/2020
For many of us, the first step in seeking support in our trans journey is with an internet search. That’s how we find funds to update and correct our names and/or gender markers on legal documents. We see reflections and possibilities for who we are, and learn about peer support...
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TL honors a historic SCOTUS ruling for trans workers

6/15/2020
Today, the Supreme Court ruled on behalf of LGBTQ workers in a ruling that prevented employers from firing LGBTQ people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Join us and movement leaders today at 4pm PT / 7p PT to celebrate and discuss the racial justice work ahead of us....
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Trans Lifeline's Data During a Pandemic

6/12/2020
by Oliver Stabbe Oliver Stabbe (he/him) is a volunteer at Trans Lifeline, a trans-run organization offering emotional and financial support to trans people across the US and Canada. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Trans Lifeline operators have been fielding an increasing number of calls. As we listen and support our...
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Welcome our new Microgrants Director, Kanoa Arteaga

4/23/2020
We are so excited to welcome Kanoa Arteaga (he/they) as our new Microgrants Program Director. Kanoa will lead the Microgrants team’s vision of economic justice for trans people as we equitably distribute funds directly to trans people. What was your first job? Dishwasher and I was fired almost immediately lol....
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Welcome our new Bilingual Hotline Services Coordinator, T Peña

4/23/2020
T Peña (they/them) joined Trans Lifeline to launch and steer our trans-led hotline services in Spanish! We’re so pleased to have them as our new Bilingual Hotline Services Coordinator. If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?  I would learn sign language. Both...
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Trans Community and COVID-19

3/19/2020
Dear Trans Lifeline Community, We know a lot of trans people are facing real challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us have loved ones who are already sick, or are facing traumatic medical situations of our own. Many of us are having to scramble to change plans and...
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Welcome our new Communications Director, Yana Calou

1/24/2020
We are thrilled to welcome Yana Calou (they/them) as our new Communications Director. Yana has been a labor organizer, grocery store cashier, communications director, archivist, studio assistant and program director in their work life. They split their time between NYC and the southwest desert. We sat down with Yana to...
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Trans Lifeline signs on to Save .ORG

12/3/2019
Last week, Trans Lifeline added our name to a growing list of over 11,000 individuals and 100 organizations to an open letter urging the Internet Society, Public Internet Registry (PIR) and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to stop the sale of PIR to a private equity firm...
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IV Leads the Hotline

11/25/2019
IV is our Hotline Program Director, and has been with Trans Lifeline since 2015. As a non-binary intersex immigrant, they are invested in helping those who feel they are on the fringes of the LGBTQ community feel welcome and wanted. IV believes strongly that trans people know best what our...
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1 Operator, 10,000 Callers

11/22/2019
This blog post is part of a series of narratives 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 and support operators like Veronica we’re trying to raise $75,000...
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How Veronica Understands Helping People

11/19/2019
This blog post is part of a series of narratives 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 and support operators like Veronica we’re trying to raise $75,000...
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Karleigh Answers The Call

11/15/2019
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...
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Trans Employment and the Supreme Court

8/19/2019
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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Trans Military Ban — Ugly, Unprecedented, and Unsurprising

3/13/2019
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

3/11/2019
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

1/23/2019
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

12/20/2018
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

11/27/2018
  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!

10/26/2018
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

10/22/2018
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

10/18/2018
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

10/6/2018
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

8/22/2018
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 here....
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Celebrating 50,000 Calls

8/2/2018
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

6/27/2018
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

6/11/2018
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?

6/2/2018
“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!

5/30/2018
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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