Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Fall Out!

The angst over the November elections still haunt the trans community.
America's LGBT youths are calling this LA-based crisis hotline. And they're afraid of Trump.
Donald Trump hasn't even taken office, and yet America's LGBT youths are saying one thing – they are scared.
89.3 KPCC
By Leo Duran
December 23 2016

The Trevor Project, based in West Hollywood, is the nation's only lifeline for these young people. Volunteer counselors will be an ear to whatever crisis or problem they might have 24/7, from the fears of coming out to thoughts of suicide.

KPCC spoke with several counselors and have agreed to use pseudonyms to protect their anonymity so as not to influence their work.

Since November, they've heard from person after person worried about what's to come with the new administration.

"I don't think I heard politics mentioned that much before the election," says Sadie, one of the counselors. "But when you have 12- and 13-year-olds who are calling and freaking out, that has struck me."

This anxiety is nothing like the people at The Trevor Project have ever seen before.

For instance, another crisis point was the mass shooting last June at The Pulse Nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman killed 49 people.

"A day after the Orlando massacre, we had the highest, single day call volume we’ve had in over a year," says The Trevor Project's David Bond. "The day after the election, we had twice as many incoming contacts as we did the day after the Orlando massacre."

And the number of calls in the week post-election ended up setting a record in the organization’s 18 year history.
And here are some important phone numbers…

  • Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
  • Note at this time this is not a 24 hour hotline.
  • The Trevor Project: Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386
  • The Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Suicide Hotlines USA: 1-800-784-2433 & 1-800-273-8255 Deaf Hotline: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
  • CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services Hotline: 1-888-999-5545 English & 1-888-568-8332 EspaƱol
  • Or call 991.  

If you have submitted a workshop to the 2017 Trans Health and Law Conference and used the webpage link please visit the webpage because there was an error in the link to the workshop proposal form and your workshop proposal might not have been received.
Transgender Health and Law Conference Workshop Problems!

We just found out yesterday that the link on our website did not work!

The link went to a test page instead of the actual workshop proposal website. The test page looks just like the real proposal webpage so we never noticed the error (Constant Contact was notified of this problems and they said that they will make changes to their test pages to indicate that it is a test page.) We never suspected a problem because we were getting proposals, just not a lot them were coming in, it was until yesterday when someone who said that they had submitted a workshop and it wasn't on the list that we knew we had a problem.

The link in our emails was correct, just those who submitted their workshop proposal online are affected.

These are the workshops we received:
  • Suicide Prevention Strategies for Trans* People
  • "Trans"-formative Couples Therapy - Common threads in inner and outer work in one couple's case and how it changed the way a therapist views therapy
  • Makeup Basics for Trans Females
  • Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth
  • PFLAG Hartford Parents and Grandparents Support Our Transgender Kids
  • 50 Shades of Coming Out Kinky
  • How to Advocate For Your Healthcare Needs
  • Advanced Endocrine Care of Transgender People
  • CT Law Protects against discrimination on the basis of Gender Identity or Expression and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities' Discrimination Complaint
  • Message for Schools: Getting Your [stuff] Together
  • HIV Prevention Strategies for Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Individuals

If your workshop is not on the list could you please resubmit it? The link on our webpage is now fixed. 

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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