Friday, November 29, 2013

A Friendly Voice

The holidays are always a stressful time when sometimes just someone to talk to is all that is needed to get you through the seasons. Two trans women, a trans man, and a spouse of a trans woman are willing to listen to you over the holidays. They are not therapists but just caring persons to talk to and listen.
Trans? Holidays got you down? WE WILL CALL YOU ON THE PHONE.
Hello there.  For the third year in a row, we are doing THE DECEMBER PROJECT.  The plan is simple.  If you are trans– or if you love some one who is trans– and you need a friendly voice, email us and we will call you on the phone.
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We cannot undo all the hurt in the world.  But what we can do is CALL YOU ON THE PHONE and remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  You don’t have to be in crisis to take advantage of this project.  All you have to do is want a friendly voice.

The project is run by four people– Jennifer Finney Boylan, national co-chair of GLAAD; Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality;  Dylan Scholinski, director of Sent(a)mental Studios, and Helen Boyd, Professor at Lawrence University.  We are two trans women, a trans man, and a spouse of a trans woman.  Between the four of us, we have heard many different kinds of trans narratives.  If we can help you, we would be glad to do so.
They have just three ground rules…
1) First, no one in the December Project gets a dime out of it.
2) If you are in serious crisis, please bypass us and go directly to the national suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255  WE ARE NOT TRAINED AS THERAPISTS or as counsellors for individuals in crisis.  If you need something more serious than a “friendly voice,’ please call the lifeline.
3) For the moment we are content with this project consisting of the four of us…
For more information or contact information visit Jenny Boylan’s blog “There from Here


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