Dealing with discrimination is a bitch. There’s bias in every facet of our lives. At home, school, at work, doctor’s offices and even in social scenes as we try to relax. Often these instances of hate accumulate inside until there seems no way to get away without just ending it all.
I tried once when I was 18 by taking a massive dose of pain pills. I slept for 2 days in the front of my 67 Chevy pickup listening to Black Sabbath Iron Man on my 8 track. Yes I am that old, and yes, I have experienced what so many in the trans community have or are feeling now.
Although the mainstream lags behind in studying trans mental health, specifically, the Williams Institute’s recent findings remind us of how vulnerable we are as a community.
I spent and almost wasted my life in the solitude long before the word ‘transgender’ was ever said.
But that does not need be you’re life experience. Or ending.
There is help.
There is now a life line run by trans people for trans people, possibly a first for our community. Founder Greta Martele experienced these suicidal feelings but when she called a hotline, and explained that she’s transgender, the attendant became flustered and ended the call.
So Greta did something about it taking her first call on the 2014 TDOR.
You can visit translifeline.org or you can call them right now at (877) 565-8860. There is no shame in admitting you need help from a friend.
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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Hotline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.