My name is Adriel Rodriguez, I’m the volunteer coordinator at Trans Lifeline, and I sat down with Caiden, one of our amazing volunteer Hotline operators, to learn about how he has been doing during the pandemic. I invite you to join us bi-monthly for interviews discussing how our volunteers are responding to current events and are offering resources for our community.

Caiden (he/him/his) is a current graduate school student in Canada and has been volunteering on the Hotline for about a year..

How has your definition of community been reshaped by the pandemic?

In the queer community, community often comes…

On March 20, Trans Lifeline launched Peer2Peer.Live to fill gaps left by Twitch’s lack of identity-based tagging that left minority streamers with limited to no discoverability options on the platform. As the #TransTagNow demands for identity-based tags on Twitch grow, trans organizers Lucia Everblack, Steph Loehr, Sabrina Mack, and Irene Nieves built their own seat at the table — following Twitch’s refusal to create ways for broadcasters to connect with each other. …

Author: Selina Musuta, IT Support Specialist at Trans Lifeline

Disclaimer: This article is written for an 18+ audience. If you are under 18, sharing and receiving nude selfies even with another minor has legal consequences in many jurisdictions in the U.S. as well as Canada.


For many, being comfortable enough to send X-rated messages, steamy voice notes, and naked selfies to your sweetheart or that person from your favorite hook-up app is not only sexy and celebratory, it can be the most immediate and safest option for sexual intimacy. However, the lack of physical intimacy doesn’t mean a zero…

My name is Adriel Rodriguez, I’m the volunteer coordinator at Trans Lifeline, and I sat down with Angela Cristobal to take us deep into her life experience and well-being practices. I invite you to join us monthly in reading interviews and more of what we hope can be a resource for anyone experiencing similar challenges.

Angela Cristobal (she/her) is an LA County Public Health Research Project Interviewer and she has volunteered as a research volunteer. She is a proud trans Latina woman from North Hollywood, California.

How do you define well-being?

Being in a good headspace, being able to communicate…

As part of our 2019 Holiday Commissary Fundraiser, we raised and distributed more than $40,000 to organizations working directly with incarcerated trans folks and trans folks navigating immigration detention. Here’s how the funds were split between the beneficiaries:

by Selina Musuta, IT Support Specialist

If you’ve ever googled your name, maybe feelings of surprise and anxiety sprang up after seeing the first page of results. There’s a chance that information that you didn’t share or maybe even forgot came up. For example, many of us can’t remember all of the places we have lived but it seems the internet can. If you’re trans, this could be true for more than one of your names.

We want to support you in turning your anxiety into a desire to clean up your digital identity — and give you the tools…

by Selina Musuta, IT Support Specialist

Stalkerware, a type of spyware, is a type of a remote access software tool that enables one person to monitor the contents of another device, such as a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop. For trans folks of any age, these types of tools can further isolate us.

How does this software access your device?

Most stalkerware has to be manually installed. Once that software is installed, the person that has remote access to the other person’s device can access sensitive, personal information including:

  • Location
  • Browsing History
  • Text messages
  • Live feeds from a victim’s camera…

by Selina Musuta, IT Support Specialist

For many of us, the first step in seeking support in our trans journey is with an internet search. That’s how we find funds to update and correct our names and/or gender markers on legal documents. We see reflections and possibilities for who we are, and learn about peer support resources like the hotline. The internet is where many of us feel a sense of freedom that evades us when we step outside of the house or inside our homes. Though that self-discovery is exciting, that journey has to be taken safely, which may…

Artículo original en inglés por Eliot Olson. Traducción y edición en español por Gaela Solo.

Gaela Solo es una operadora voluntaria bilingüe de Trans Lifeline, un servicio comunitario operado enteramente por gente transgénero en los Estados Unidos y Canadá para su comunidad.

Anunciando nuestra nueva extensión en español

De 2018 a 2019, los operadores de Trans Lifeline respondieron 23 veces más llamadas en español. Tuvimos un aumento del 386% en las llamadas que la persona que llama dice que son Latinx, y un aumento del 146% en las llamadas de inmigrantes, incluidos aquellos en los centros de detención.

Ahora en su sexto año de operación, empezando…

Understanding Structural Barriers Through the Numbers

By Oliver Stabbe

Oliver Stabbe (they/them or he/him) is a volunteer at Trans Lifeline, a trans-run organization offering emotional and financial support to trans people across the US and Canada.

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Trans Lifeline operators have been fielding an increasing number of calls. As we listen and support our community, our data tells a story of how the pandemic acutely exacerbates the barriers and challenges trans folks are forced to navigate. We explore some of those numbers here, and hear from Hotline Operators about their experiences on the line during the pandemic.

The current pandemic has hit the trans community hard: Calls about both COVID-19 and suicidal ideation have increased from the start of the pandemic by 89%.

While April is statistically the…

Trans Lifeline

A peer support & crisis hotline, and microgranting organization by and for trans people. (877) 565-8860

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