Advocates from The Trevor Project noticed a direct correlation between the current administration’s anti-transgender rhetoric and its numbers of transgender crisis contacts.
After President Trump announced a ban on transgender service members via Twitter last week, calls from transgender people in crisis more than doubled, the organization reported this Wednesday.
— Jay Franzone (@JayFranzone) August 4, 2017
“Of the approximately 178 contacts per day (on average) received by The Trevor Project, 7.3% typically self-identify as transgender,” reps from the group wrote in a press release. “However, within 24 hours after President Trump’s tweet regarding transgender military service members, contacts from transgender individuals spiked to 17.5% of all contacts.”
The organization noticed a similar trend after Texas legislators introduced the anti-trans “bathroom bill.”
“This data makes clear that our elected officials can no longer ignore that their anti-transgender rhetoric is putting lives at risk,” wrote Amit Paley, the group’s CEO. “Anti-LGBT rhetoric and legislation directly leads to crisis among our community’s young people. While The Trevor Project will continue to be there for them around the clock, our elected officials must stop throwing young people into crisis for political gain.”
The Trevor Project counselors are available 24/7 at the center’s hotline: 866-488-7386.