Since the election the number of people calling crisis and suicide prevention hotlines for transgender people have skyrocketed.
Last Wednesday, Trans Lifeline, which is a 24/7 hotline based in San Francisco, said that it had received more than 350 calls “from trans people in crisis, including many suicidal people.” The day after the election Trans Lifeline tweeted that it had received more calls in the past 24 hours than ever before.
“Trans people are among many people who are mourning today. We know that communities of color, muslims, immigrants, and many other groups are feeling the betrayal, sadness, and fear that comes with living in a country where a majority of people voted for a leader who hates you,” Trans Lifeline said in its Medium post. “It is personal. It is tragic. But it is not the end.”
According to ABC News, in two days, the hotline had received 542 calls, but only 187 were answered due to low number of staff members. Many people are scared for their future and it shows.
Gretta Martela, director of Trans Hotline, said, “Callers expressed fear that many of the gains in LGBT rights made under the Obama administration—like access to trans-related health care—will be lost under Trump.”
“The Republicans are looking to repeal Obamacare,” Martela said. “So a lot of people are looking at losing their health care coverage.”
This is a very real fear. What do you all think about this?
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