Cultural Considerations: Suicide Hotline Run by & for Transgender People

For the first time, there is a suicide hotline in the US (and Canada) that is staffed entirely by transgender people, to serve transgender people.

As you may know, a disproportionately high number of children and youth in the foster care system are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), and this fact is due in no small part to family rejection. In addition, HRC and the University of Connecticut’s recent 2018 LGBTQ Youth Report revealed that a majority of transgender youth don’t feel safe using the bathroom at school and are often not called by their chosen names or correct pronouns. Transgender folks as a whole are especially vulnerable to suicidal thoughts and behavior – approximately 41% of transgender people attempt suicide at least once in their lives.

The Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860.

Definition of transgender from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) website: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth (e.g., the sex listed on their birth certificate). Learn more.

Please join us in sharing this resource far and wide, in your CASA program and beyond, so that more lives can be saved. If you have any questions or would like more information on anything related to the LGBTQ community/working with LGBTQ children and youth, please contact Communications Specialist Emma Ledford at [email]eledford@texascasa.org[/email].

Texas CASA is committed to our goal of ensuring the highest quality advocacy possible for all children in the child protection system, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or disability status – that’s why we are highlighting resources to support the CASA network’s journey to becoming more inclusive, welcoming, affirming and culturally considerate. Explore more Cultural Considerations articles.

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