Hello, Waypoint community members! The Waypoint staff and commuity moderation team are collaborating once again to run a seventy-two-hour gaming marathon in support of Trans Lifeline, a grassroots trans-led non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the community’s critical needs with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.
We will be running this from Thursday 2nd May, 12:00 EDT through to Sunday 5th May, 12:00 EDT.
You can donate at savepoint.stream.
This event is being jointly run by the Waypoint staff and community moderators. The first thirty-six hours will be hosted by staff before they pass the torch to the moderators to keep you entertained through the weekend.
If you’re curious about the history of Waypoint Presents Save Point, check out our previous forum topic! We’ve pitched Save Point before; check there for more information!
We hope you’ll be able to join us for a great time over on Waypoint’s Twitch account.
Who are Trans Lifeline?
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots trans-led non-profit organisation dedicated to improving trans lives by responding to the critical needs of the trans community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.
The hotline, available in the U.S. and Canada, is run for and by trans people as a peer-support crisis service. At the time of writing, over 64,000 calls have been taken by their operators. They place confidentiality, respect, and boundaries as their key pillars.
The microgrants program offers low-barrier grants to trans people to help with legal name changes and updating government identification documents. They also offer specialist support to incarcerated or undocumented trans people. Trans Lifeline helps people find where to go and helps get them the funding to secure the changes they need.
They’re a great cause and they’re more necessary than ever. Year-on-year, more people use their phone line; their goal is to ensure every call is answered and that every person who needs their support can get it. Their website says it best:
Trans Lifeline is committed to being a resource that the trans community can continue to rely on for years to come. With your support, we can keep these vital services available to those in our community who need them most.
Why Support Trans Lifeline?
Where do we come in? Many of us and members of our community are trans, and we wanted to support a cause in recognition of that.
The Waypoint Discord has listed Trans Lifeline as an emergency contact since February 2017. The mods are grateful for the support our community’s been able to receive from them through their hotline service. Their work, as noted above, goes beyond the hotline. The mod team decided that we’d look to support Trans Lifeline, and the Waypoint staff backed us in that choice.
If you’d like to know more about the work that Trans Lifeline does, Waypoint’s own Rob Zancy has an interview with Trans Lifeline Executive Director Elena Rose Vera. Please find this here or in your Waypoint Radio feed!