I wish I’d seen this sooner, but a foursome of transgender folks and supporters launched this generous holiday helping hand. I’ve taken this from the announcement on Jennifer Finney Boylan’s website:
“I wanted to announce what we’re calling THE DECEMBER PROJECT, a reachout by Dylan Scholinski, Mara Keisling, Jennifer Finney Boylan, and Helen Boyd to raise the spirits of people in the trans community during what can be a difficult time of year.
We are trans activists, homebodies, authors, parents, spouses, artists, and teachers, including a trans man, two trans women, and a loving spouse. Here’s our pledge to you: If you feel low this December, and need someone to talk to, contact us, and we’ll call you on the phone. Period.
We want to make clear that we are not therapists, and that anyone in a serious crisis should dial 911, or seek professional help from qualified folks in the helping professions. On the other hand we are people who may have experienced what you are feeling, and it is our hope that simply having someone to listen or talk to this December will have value. This project is 100% free and no one involved in it is getting anything out of it other than the opportunity to help.”
Please go to the announcement for more details. And many thanks to Dylan, Mara, Jenny, and Helen for their generosity of time and spirit, not only with this outreach but all year long.
Just yesterday I got an email from a spouse, a woman who found me online after her husband told her he is transgender. The pain ahead will at times feel unbearable, but those of us who choose to speak out do so in part to let others know that happiness is possible!
Seasons greetings to all, and may you keep an open mind and an open heart.