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Highlight in Philanthropy: Ramona Sharples' Amazing Buttons and Pins

7/29/2019
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Fed up with not seeing bodies like hers represented, even in body positive spaces, Ramona Sharples took matters into her own hands -- and created something uniquely beautiful.

To make the pins extra sweet, Ramona decided to go one step further and make them a fundraiser for Trans Lifeline.

After a second round of designs, Ramona wound up with six enamel pins total. Ramona also designed these beautiful buttons.

In 2018, Ramona designed her first round of enamel pins, all featuring trans women totally naked, relaxed, and comfortable with themselves.

“Because that’s how I want to feel,” said Ramona. “I have a complicated relationship with my body, but I still want to celebrate it and feel good about it.”

“When I started my transition, I didn’t know very many trans people, and I didn’t have any other trans people in my life,... Read More

Trans Military Ban — Ugly, Unprecedented, and Unsurprising

3/13/2019

Yesterday, the US Defense Department approved a plan to ban transgender people who have transitioned from enlisting in the military. The policy will also keep people currently enlisted in the military from beginning a transition without losing their jobs.

This is an ugly and unprecedented step backward -- but not...

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Passing the Torch

3/11/2019

Dear Trans Lifeline Community,

This is a wonderful and bittersweet letter to write to you -- today, Trans Lifeline’s Board of Directors announces that as of March 15th, our Interim Executive Director, Sam Ames, will be stepping down from their work with Trans Lifeline and passing the torch to our...

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Go to Super Bowl LIII on February 3 with Football Hall of Famer Ron Mix

1/23/2019

Pro Football Hall of Fame Member, Ron Mix, purchased two (2) tickets to the Super Bowl to create an event to benefit the transgender community. Mix said:

“The mistreatment of transgender people is contrary to everything athletics embraces: fair play, equal opportunity and respect and judging people by their...
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Trans Lifeline Surpasses 20,000 Calls in 2018

12/20/2018

Our Hotline operators are absolute champions.

2018 has been rough for so many trans people. But, in a year when our Hotline call volume increased by 25%, our amazing team of staff and volunteer operators -- all of whom are trans themselves -- answered 20,000 calls. And counting.

To those...

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The Holiday Commissary Campaign

11/27/2018

 

Trans Lifeline was built on the radical hope that when we take care of each other, we can move the whole world. That no matter what we’re up against, no matter how long the night, we can get each other through it as a community, so long as...

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Happy Intersex Awareness Day!

10/26/2018

October 26 is Intersex Awareness Day! We wanted to take a moment to honor our entire intersex community.

While most intersex people aren’t trans, many of the issues that our communities face are the same, and our struggles have many of the same origins. Gender and body diversity have existed...

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We Won't Back Down

10/22/2018

To Our Beloved Community,

Yesterday, the New York Times published an article detailing the ways the Trump administration plans to legally redefine sex and gender, starting with our youth. This plan, while not yet officially enacted, would effectively exclude trans and non-binary students from legal protections under Title IX, paving...

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October 18 is Spirit Day

10/18/2018

On Spirit Day, LGBTQ+ people and allies wear purple to show their support to LGBTQ+ youth. We encourage everyone to wear purple and speak out against bullying. Click here for more information on Spirit Day presented by GLAAD. 

LGBTQ+ students face a range of difficulties being in school. 85.2% of...

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We Believe Trans Survivors

10/6/2018

Today’s vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the weeks of debate leading up to it, have been stark reminders of the ways in which our systems of power can preserve and perpetrate injustice.

For many people with a history of trauma, this week has brought back...

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Trans Lifeline Solidarity Statement with the National Prison Strike

8/22/2018

The National Prison Strike begins this week, continuing until September 9.

Prison abolition is queer liberation; for that reason, Trans Lifeline is in solidarity with the prison strike. To learn more about the National Prison Strike, why it matters, and what you can do to support those involved, click...

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Celebrating 50,000 Calls

8/2/2018

Since we launched in late 2014, Trans Lifeline’s Hotline has fielded calls from all 13 provinces and territories in Canada, all 50 states in the United States, and 61 other countries alloverthe world. in that time, we’ve added staff, increased our capacity to serve our community, and worked with Contact...

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Reason for Hope

6/27/2018

Dear Ones,

It’s been another rough week in the news, and we know each new headline can feel like another reason to lose faith. But, tonight, we at Trans Lifeline want to remind you that there is still reason for hope. While the danger we face is real, it’s not the...

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Microgrants Program Celebrates $100k in Disbursed Funds

6/11/2018

Dear Community,

As we welcome you to our new website, one that reflects the merging of two lifesaving projects into one exciting new vision, we would also like to welcome those who have not heard of our work! Microgrants is a project of Trans Lifeline, founded by and for the community....

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Why No Non-Consensual Active Rescue?

6/2/2018

“Are you going to call someone on me if I tell you how I’m feeling?”

That is of the most common questions we get from callers. And one of the most common questions we get from people who work in crisis intervention and the general public, is why our answer is...

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Trans Lifeline Has New Leadership!

5/30/2018

At Trans Lifeline, we believe in a brighter future for trans people.

We believe in a future where trans people have the support they need and the access to resources they deserve. As an organization, we understand that we can’t make this future a reality without talented people working with and...

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