Milwaukee Pride celebrates Trans Lifeline

reaching_outIn honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, we’ve presented a sustaining donation to Trans Lifeline, the nation’s first crisis hotline devoted to the critical needs of transgender adults.

Founded in 2014, Trans Lifeline is dedicated to reducing transgender suicide in America.  After traumatic experiences with traditional suicide prevention services, Trans Lifeline founder Greta Martela was inspired to create a more inclusive, supportive model of affirmative care.   Within one month, the grass roots organization had already taken 300 calls.

One year later, Trans Lifeline is staffed with over 300 culturally competent volunteer operators who have taken over 15,000 calls from over 6,000 people. Trans Lifeline also provides nationwide community education, as well as post-incident local counseling support following a suicide.

For additional information, review the organization’s 2015 Annual Report.


Milwaukee Pride’s donation will support Trans Lifeline telephone expenses, which continue to grow with increasing awareness of the organization. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, our donation will be matched 2:1, tripling the impact of the original gift to $3,600.  Online gifts, with recurring monthly payment terms, can be made at the Trans Lifeline website.


“We can no longer accept the decimating effect of suicide on the trans community,” said Jessica Baker, Milwaukee Pride, Inc. Board of Directors.

“When over 40 percent of trans adults have attempted suicide, our next generation of leaders is at risk every day.  In this darkness, Trans Lifeline might be someone’s last beacon of hope.”

Milwaukee Pride, Inc. strongly believes in the importance of being a supportive and positive advocate for the transgender community this month, and every month.

“November has been a vicious month,” said Michail Takach, communications director for Milwaukee Pride, Inc.  “Divisive, dangerous fear-mongering is on the rise.”

“Between the ‘bathroom bill’ proposal that would exclude Wisconsin trans students, the failure of anti-discrimination legislation in Houston over bathroom concerns, and the movement to ‘drop the T’ from the LGBT+ acronym, November 2015 has reminded us that the world needs even greater understanding of transgender lives.”

“We stand with our transgender friends and family in celebrating our shared culture and community — and in conquering the challenges that threaten to limit us all,’ said Scott Gunkel, president of Milwaukee Pride, Inc. “We are, as always, stronger together.”

If you are a youth currently experiencing bullying, if you feel unsafe in school, or if you are thinking about harming yourself, please know you are never alone.  Supportive allies are only a confidential, judgement-free phone call away: