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Big Others

January 2, 2015

Who did you turn to?  Who supported you when you first began your transition? Who did you go to when you needed to ask the hard questions about how your body, mind, community, and life would change? Who did you turn to when you needed to ask the embarrassing questions, or when you were scared? 

Nobody should have to feel so alone and without hope, as Leelah Alcorn did on the night she died. No one should ever have to feel that way.  In the wake of the death of 17 year old trans woman Leelah Alcorn, Big Others has formed.

Big Others is a community of Trans* and Genderqueer people who support and foster the health and wellbeing of those beginning their transitions.  This is a group of people offering their support, knowledge, and friendship with people new to the community, young and old. If you are Trans* or Genderqueer, please consider joining Big Others. 

Volunteers with more life experience will be paired with someone newer to the community to show them the ropes, help them find resources, and be there when times get tough. Big Others asks that you be available at least one hour per week to meet with and support the person you choose to mentor.

Big Others is looking for peer supporters as well as people interested in helping us build the infrastructure of the program. The program is based in Portland, Oregon, but people may be involved in a long distance capacity, as well.

For more information, or to get involved, please refer to the Facebook page for Big Others.

If you’re in crisis, or feeling really bad, and need to talk to someone immediately:  The Trevor Project operates a confidential hotline for LGBTQ youth that runs 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Please call the hotline at 1-866-488-7386, or if you’re not in a place where you can make a phone call you may text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 or click here for an instant messenger online chat.


In Other Words Feminist Community Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is entirely run by volunteers and survives from financial gifts from individuals in our feminist communities.

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