From the article:
Trans Lifeline, an organization that runs a crisis hotline for transgender people and staffed by transgender people, said that calls to their suicide hotline have quadrupled since the story broke that the Trump administration is trying to legally erase transgender identity.
Source: Suicide hotline calls quadrupled after Trump’s latest attack on transgender people / LGBTQ Nation
This is the real consequence of these bigoted actions. Transgender people are often vulnerable. The level of stigma and shunning we face in society is shockingly high.
From my own experience, when I started my transition, it was the most vulnerable feeling time in my life. More than finding myself homeless as a teen. I was a grown ass 40 year old man when I decided to be a man to the rest of the world.
It fucked my ability to find work, finish my college degree easily do to a fucked up bathroom policy, to even be in pubic because I was challenged about my gender presentation. Complete strangers would get in my face.
I’m not a shrinking violet. I am an aggressively loud individual that has had to fight his whole life. I knew walking into my transition this was what I would face, and despite knowing all that, it was hard.
Yet, it was sure as fuck easier then. I am watching my wife transition now in the wake of the media’s “discovery” that transgender people exist, and how there isn’t a hope in hell she can just slip through her transition now. Bigots abound, and violence has been soaring.
Trump’s administration with all his vipers working to wipe us out? It is creating a scenario where violent bigots feel they are entitled to attack us.
It’s no wonder the calls to a crisis center have blown up. I’m seeing it on my communities online. We alway have suicide risks. Always. But now they are increasing.
This is what happens to any population of human beings that are treated the way the transgender population is.