Taking Control of Your Digital Identity

If you’ve ever googled your name, maybe feelings of surprise and anxiety sprang up after seeing the first page of results. There’s a chance that information that you didn’t share or maybe even forgot came up. For example, many of us can’t remember all of the places we have lived but it seems the internet can. If you’re trans, this could be true for more than one of your names.

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How to Spot and Remove Apps Installed to Spy on You

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.

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Digital Privacy for Trans Folks

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 resources like the hotline. The internet is where many of us feel a sense of freedom that evades us when we step outside of the house or inside our homes. Though that self-discovery is exciting, that journey has to be taken safely, which may mean ensuring your internet history isn’t discoverable to people we live with, especially if we share devices or a family cell phone plan. We will explore some of the ways we keep those internet searches private.

By |2020-11-19T13:42:02-08:00July 2nd, 2020|Resources|Comments Off on Digital Privacy for Trans Folks

Supporting a Trans Friend in Crisis: What you can do instead of calling 911

Listen. Your friend has told you for a reason. They trust you to be there, so listen and hear what they're saying. Don't freak out. Suicidality has a lot of stigma around it, but it's something people deal with a lot. Often all we need is for someone to listen...

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Why to not call the police on trans people in crisis: Things to consider when supporting a friend

Trans Lifeline does not engage in non-consensual active rescue. Since our founding, we have been divested from the police. That means that if you call us and are in crisis, we will not call 911 or the police — unless you explicitly ask us to. Here’s why: Police are not...

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Álvaro Gamio Cuervo talks Spanish Language Services and the Future of the Hotline.

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...

By |2020-11-17T23:30:46-08:00November 11th, 2019|Resources, Services, Trans Lifeline News|Comments Off on Álvaro Gamio Cuervo talks Spanish Language Services and the Future of the Hotline.

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 and heart and leadership, are always worth trusting in.

By |2020-11-18T17:13:25-08:00November 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Giving, Resources|Comments Off on The Holiday Commissary Campaign