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Transgender hotline to offer support

Toll-free peer support for holiday stress

December 1, 2005 Beth Maples-Bays   Comments

KNOXVILLE – The holidays bring stress for everyone in the LGBT community. Rejection by family members or pressures to dash back into the closet along with the usual holiday stress felt by most people place a special burden on transgender (TG) community members. TG stress is often suffered in isolation and can lead to more serious mental health conditions including depression and thoughts of suicide.

This season brings a new resource for TG folks who need support when faced with additional stressors. The Transgender Advisory Hotline America will be there with solid peer support.

Ann Marie Knittel, Secretary of the Transgender American Veterans Association and National Director of their efforts to bring local chapters across the nation, has put together a volunteer hotline to offer information, referrals, and TG peer support.

“You are never alone,” says Knittel who intends to make that phrase the slogan for the hotline that will continue offering services on an ongoing basis after the holiday season debut.

“We will continue to be there for transgender people who need a friendly support and information long after the holidays are over,” added Knittel who is also Director of the Wisconsin Group Working for Equality, and owner of Remembering Our Family and Friends Web site.

The toll free number for the Transgender Advisory Hotline America is 1-877-427-3230. The hours for the Hotline are 7 am – 11:30 pm EST. Voice mail is available after their regularly scheduled hours.

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