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Trans Lifeline in the Media

Twilio grants $3 million to crisis responders

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Communication tech firm Twilio is announcing $3 million in new grants later on Tuesday, aimed at helping more than two dozen crisis services speed up their response time.

Trans Lifeline, which is receiving its largest-ever grant of $153,000 from Twilio, said that is enough to launch an urgently needed Spanish-language hotline to serve the U.S. and Canada by the end of June. As a result it expects to handle 44% more calls.

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Trans Lifeline: A Dedicated Peer-Support and Crisis Hotline for Members of the Transgender Community in North America

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That’s why, even though a majority of Americans support transgender rights, isolation and identification issues are common in the transgender community. A staggering 40% of those in the transgender population report a suicide attempt at some point in their lives, said Bri Barnett, Trans Lifeline Director of Development and Interim Director of Communications.

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