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In the Wake of the Supreme Court and HHS Announcements, Trans People Are Not Alone


On days like today, it can feel like trans people never get the chance to fully heal.

The US Supreme Court -- stacked with conservative justices -- announced Monday that it plans to examine whether the ban on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.

Then on Tuesday, the...

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 a surprising one.

The US military, after all, is a...

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 Deputy Executive Director, Elena Rose Vera.

For the past year,...

The Leadership Transition, 2017 Taxes, and How We’re Moving Forward


Dear friends,

This past summer, we sent a letter to our community detailing the departure of our founders. Now that we’ve learned more about the situation and have taken necessary steps to remedy it, we want to update you on the progress we’ve made since then.

In January 2018, the Trans Lifeline Board of Directors launched an internal review into...

Trans Lifeline’s Microgrants Program Has Given Over $200,000 Directly To Trans People


Designed by a volunteer with Trans Lifeline

Today, we are excited to announce that Trans Lifeline’s Microgrants program has reached a huge milestone: In just two years we have given out over $200,000 in Microgrants to our community!

As trans people, we know how important it is for trans people to have identity documents, or IDs, that match their...

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 character and conduct not by bigoted preconceived perceptions. Family rejection,...

Supreme Court Temporarily Allows the Trans Military Ban to Proceed; Trans Lifeline Vows to Keep Fighting


To Our Dear Community --

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to allow the Trump administration’s transgender military ban to proceed. Meanwhile, the battle over the constitutionality of the ban itself plays out in lower courts.

This is without question another attack against our people’s right to exist in public space, free from discrimination and harassment. This...

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 of you who trust us enough to ask for our...

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 we hold each other up. That trans people, our work...

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 in the world throughout history, with multiple gender identities and...