How to support trans people right now

Before anything else — if you’re trans and struggling right now, here are a few resources:

Trans Lifeline US: 877–565–8860 / Canada: 877–330–6366

Trevor Project Call 1–866–488–7386 / Text START to 678678 / Chat via their website

Crisis Text Line Text START to 741–741

National Suicide Prevention Hotline Call (800) 273–8255

LGBT National Hotline Call 1–888–843–4564


If you’re a cisgender (not trans) person, there are lots of ways to support trans folks. Here are just a few.

Educate yourself.

Make sure you understand what being trans means. Listen to trans voices. Here are a couple of resources to get started.

This Short Film Shows What It’s Like to Be a Black Trans Woman in America

TRANS IN AMERICA: ACLU Short Film Series

Trans and gender nonconforming people speak out: stories of discrimination

Building Community Through a Syllabus

Tips for Allies of Transgender People

Speak out

Don’t leave it up to trans folx to have this conversation with each other. Cisgender allies need to speak out and demand better for the trans community.

Contact your representatives at every level and ask what they are doing to protect trans people. Demand that they publicly commit to taking action to protect the most vulnerable.

Look for local organizations fighting for trans equality in your neighborhood.

Donate

If you have the resources to donate even a little to support trans folx, please do.

Click here for a thread of gofundmes where you can directly donate to support trans individuals raising money for their needs.

Donate to the Transgender Law Center to support legal needs of the trans community, including supporting those who are incarcerated and isolated.

Donate to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, another organization which provides legal services to the transgender community with a particular focus on people who are low-income, people of color, and/or immigrants.

Donate to the Trans Lifeline here to support their hotline service.

Donate to the Trevor Project to support their hotline service, text line, and chat.

Donate to the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network’s Mental Health Fund to support low-income queer and trans people of color get access to therapists who understand their experiences.

Check on your friends

Above all else, reach out to your trans friends and let them know you’re there for them. Ask how you can support them right now. Offer to do little things for them, and tell them you will keep fighting on their behalf.

In solidarity,

Alex Petkanas