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The attacks on the freedom and dignity of trans people and their families continue to escalate this year. One-third of our country has already passed laws that criminalize and ban access to gender-affirming care. The next stage of the fight for basic LGBTQ freedoms is here, and it affects everyone — even in states that haven’t seen any anti-trans attacks yet.
Now, members of Congress are adding dozens of anti-LGBTQ measures to must-pass bills that would, among other things, criminalize the health care trans people need. We all know that any national ban on gender-affirming care could be devastating. We must stop any effort to criminalize trans people and their families. Will you join me in telling members of Congress to protect trans people from discrimination?
Our friends at ACLU have created an action alert urging Congress to protect trans people now.
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CenterLink and its extensive network of member centers are stepping up to create a powerful, united front to push back against the wave of hateful legislation targeting the LGBTQ community. We are calling on people across the country to get involved:
Find your local LGBTQ community center and support their services by volunteering or making a donation.
Make sure you’re registered, then when the time comes, vote for lawmakers who support equality for all Americans.
We, the undersigned centers, denounce the tidal wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation that lawmakers are hurling at our community. We continue to stand united as safe havens for LGBTQ people and as pillars against hate and discrimination. We will not relent until these attacks stop and LGBTQ people are treated fairly and equally under the law.
Crisis Phone Lines
For LGBTQI+ People: Trevor Lifeline (866) 488-7386 (U.S. Only)
“The Trevor Lifeline is the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Lifeline is a free and confidential service that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7. Volunteer Lifeline counselors staff our three call centers, The Randy Stone Call Center East Coast, The Randy Stone Call Center West Coast, and The Harvey Milk Call Center. Each year, tens of thousands of calls are fielded from young people across the country. The Trevor Lifeline is accredited as an exemplary crisis intervention program by the American Association for Suicidology (AAS).”
For TRANSGENDER People: Trans Helpline (staffed by transgender people) U.S. (877) 565-8860 Canada (877) 330-6366
“Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. Call us if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.” Oprime 2 para hablar con unx operadxr en español.“
“Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning community by providing free and confidential peer support and local resources.”
“The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join us!”
“The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and our community’s most vulnerable.”
Political, Bisexual, Youth, Military, Transgender, Aging, Legal, and General Resources
YOUTH & STUDENTS
“Every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education. We are a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to make this right a reality.”
“We provide information & support to LGBTQ young people 24/7, all year round.”
“Our goal is that all Queer and Gender Nonconforming Youth across the United States has access to our safe and affirming mentoring program. We want to offer a space for youth to create a peer community where they find support in themselves. In years to come, we plan to serve thousands of youth in the future powered by our board, advisory board, staff, and our youth council.”
LGBTQ National Resource Center
“The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center focused on improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults, their families, and caregivers.”
- Advocacy for LGBT Elders
- HIV & Aging Policy Action Coalition (HAPAC)
- Long-Term Care Equality Index (LEI)
- National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
- National LGBT Housing Initiative
- SAGECare Cultural Competency Training
- SAGE Cents
- SAGE Hotline
- SAGE Table
- SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline – SAGE (sageusa.org)
- LGBTAgingCenter.org – Understanding and Supporting LGBT Older Adults
- LGBTAgingCenter.org – Resources – Advocacy Tools for LGBT Older Adults
LGBTQ Resources for Patients and Families:
“The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. The LGBTQ+ Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity.”
“Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.”
“Lambda Legal’s Help desk provides information and resources relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and HIV status.”
“The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and to preserve their access to the courts.”
RESOURCES FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE
“NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, DC.
Today, NCTE is a team of hard-working staff members supported by a nationwide community of transgender people, allies, and advocates with an extensive record of winning life-saving change for transgender people.”
- Resources for Transgender Youth — Trans Youth Equality Foundation
- How To Support Transgender Youth in Your Life – Family Equality
- Families | National Center for Transgender Equality (transequality.org)
Resources for Queer and Transgender Black, Indigenous, People of Color
“The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.”
“Aligning with our mission to advance mental health and wellness for all Asian Americans, AAPA is committed to advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Asian Americans. Below, we have compiled the following resources in supporting the AAPI LGBTQ community. “
INTERSEX-LED AND ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS
- Beautiful You Mrkh – Support
- HEA (heainfo.org)
- Intersex Law & Policy, Media, and Youth Leadership | interACT (interactadvocates.org)
- The Interface Project
“PFLAG IS HERE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES FOR LGBTQ+ PEOPLE, THEIR PARENTS AND FAMILIES, AND ALLIES.”