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Trans Hotline Receives Record Number of Calls After Trump's Election

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"It is personal. It is tragic. But it is not the end."

The Trans Lifeline, a crisis hotline for the transgender community, reported that they received a record-breaking 350 calls in the 24 hours following Donald Trump's election.

While the hotline's staff--which is comprised of trans-identifying operators--were able to field the calls, they expect call numbers to rise in the coming weeks. In anticipation, they've taken to their website to send out the following message of support to the trans community and its allies and ask for help:

Trans people are among many people who are mourning today. We know that communities of color, Muslims, immigrants, and many other groups are feeling the betrayal, sadness, and fear that comes with living in a country where a majority of people voted for a leader who hates you. It is personal. It is tragic. But it is not the end. If you are trans, we say to you--Keep fighting. We love you. If you are not trans, we say to you--Stand with us. We love you too, and we need you to show up for us.

The hotline is asking for donations to reach a goal of $100,000, which they will use to hire three new full-time staff members to "train, support, and lead" the volunteers who keep the operation running.

If you are trans and in crisis, please call the hotline at 1-877-565-8860. Donations to the Trans Lifeline can be made here.

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