Trans Lifeline Launches New Service for Spanish-Only Speakers
The Story: Suicide prevention hotline Trans Lifeline is expanding its services to monolingual Spanish speakers as it launches a new extension on July 1. The organization offers emotional and financial support to the trans community and, according to Medium, has seen an increase of callers who speak Spanish in the last two years.
This increase included a 146% uptick in calls from immigrants, including those in detention centers. Volunteer Eliot Olson wrote that the current political climate has increased the need for help in the Latinx trans community.
As anti-immigrant and anti-trans sentiment becomes increasingly codified in US state and Federal law, the only national hotline operated entirely by trans people is stepping up to respond. — Eliot Olson, Trans Lifeline volunteer
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¿Eres #trans? ¿Hablas español? La extensión en español de nuestra línea directa se lanza el 1 de julio, ¡y ahora puede pasar por nuestra capacitación de operador voluntario en español ????. Enlace en bio. . . Are you #trans? Do you speak Spanish? Our Hotline’s Spanish extension launches July 1, and now you can go through our volunteer operator training in Spanish ????. Link in bio. #orgullotrans #abolishice #homeishere #translatinx . . [image description: a photo of Latinx trans woman on the phone appears in a circle on a purple slide that reads: “Queres ser un operador voluntário en nuestra línea directa en español?]
The Frontlines: Trans people statistically face a higher incidence of income inequality and a much higher risk of becoming victims of violence. This makes having access to adequate support all the more critical for trans people of all backgrounds.
- According to one survey, 14% of trans Latinx respondents had experienced homelessness in the past year due to being transgender.
- The same survey reported that 48% of respondents reported being denied equal treatment, verbally harassed and/or physically attacked in the past year because of being transgender.
- A 2013 report by the Government Accountability Office showed “one in five substantiated sexual abuse and assault cases in ICE facilities involved transgender detainees, who only make up one in 500 ICE detainees.”
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A Mighty Voice: Our contributor, Meesh Montgomery, shared why it’s important to support mental health resources geared specifically to the trans community. “Everyone’s mental health matters, there’s no doubt about it. However, the particular issues LGBTQIA+ people face, especially those with intersecting identities, are unique.” You can submit your first person story, too.
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Other things to know: You can learn more about the unique challenges faced by the trans community and those who are Latinx by checking out the following information:
- Latinos and transgender people see big increases in hate crimes, FBI reports
- Struggles of Being Trans and Latinx
How to take action: Starting July 1, people who call the line (877–565–8860 and Canada: 877–330–6366) will now have the option to press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish.
Header image courtesy of Trans Lifeline