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posted Friday, November 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 46
Trans crisis line gets record number of calls on election night
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Trans crisis line gets record number of calls on election night

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A San Francisco-based crisis line for Transgender people reports getting a record number of calls on election night, as it became clear that Donald Trump would win the presidency.

'Calls started to come in around 10 p.m. on election night,' crisis line worker Greta Martela told Gay Star News. 'I didn't think it would happen because I didn't believe that Trump would be elected.'

She said that in the 24 hours immediately following the election they answered 192 calls alone, but there have been about 500 people looking for help.

'There are plenty of reasons to be afraid,' Martela added.

'My wife is an immigrant. If the Trump administration invalidates gay marriage, as they are explicitly saying they will, my wife could be facing deportation.

'She's also facing the same violence that anyone who looks like they are from the Middle East might be facing.'

Martela works at Trans Lifeline, which describes itself as a 'hotline staffed by transgender people for Transgender people.'

'Our volunteers are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience,' the group says on their website. 'Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the lives of transgender people.'

According to Martela, Trans people are also asking for help using the hashtag #TransLegalHelp, as many believe it will be increasingly difficult to transition and get appropriate legal documents once Trump takes office.

Both Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have supported transphobic bathroom laws and the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination on religious pretexts.

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