NEW YORK, U.S. - Within 48 hours since Donald Trump won the United States presidential election battle - the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community is spending sleepless ...
• NSPH hotlines report 660 calls, double amount of texts
• LGBTQ people reported to be scared for the future of their rights
• 78 percent of people identified as LGBT voted for Clinton
NEW YORK, U.S. - Within 48 hours since Donald Trump won the United States presidential election battle - the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community is spending sleepless nights in the country over fears related to their protection.
The hotlines for crisis and suicide prevention dedicated to the community, received a record number of calls after Trump became America’s 45th President.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (NSPH) claims to have received 660 calls in an hour between 1 am and 2 am on Wednesday, a spike of double the normal call flow.
Its text service also witnessed a surprising surge with words ‘election’ and ‘scared’ being common.
The Trans Lifeline also witnessed a spike in calls.
It reported to have received a record 432 calls by Wednesday afternoon.
The previous record stood at 251 when North Carolina passed the ‘Bathroom Bill’.
The hotline’s normal call volume is about 100 calls a day.
Gretta Martela, the Director of Trans Hotline, said, “We started getting increased call volume at about 10 pm on election night, and it hasn't slowed down at all. In fact, it's on the rise still.”
The callers expressed their fear about losing the LGBT gains made under Obama administration.
Under Barack Obama, LGBT gained access to trans-related healthcare – hormonal treatments for gender dysphoria and other treatments.
“The Republicans are looking to repeal Obamacare. So a lot of people are looking at losing their health care coverage,” Martela said.
Meanwhile, Steve Mendelsohn, Deputy Executive Director of The Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation for suicide prevention of LGBTQ community, said queer youth contacted their hotline and shared similar concerns.
“Ninety-five percent of them tell us that they're worried about the election results. And they're telling us that they're feeling anxious and scared. They talk about things that came up during the election campaign. So a fear that perhaps gay marriage will be reversed or that conversion therapy will be promoted or that their insurance might be taken away. The Trevor Project is training volunteers to help field the increasing volume of calls,” Mendelsohn said.
“I don’t believe there’s ever been a time in this country’s recent history when there’s been so much hatred and bullying talk leading up to the election. It just makes sense that people would be concerned, especially LGBT youth who are naturally concerned about who they are,” Mendelsohn added.
Further, reports of suicides in the community too have already started surfacing.
Jeri Brown, Director of the Trans-parenting group, in a statement confirmed that there were cases of reported suicides among members of the community.
“We know that the media wants specific confirmations, but we cannot give out names, ages, locations, or even numbers when families are reeling with loss. These families aren’t public for a reason, and we cannot ask them to become public within hours now,” Brown said.
Trump, during his election campaign claimed to have been too traditional to support rights for homosexuals.
Although he didn’t comment on discrimination against the community, he clearly stated multiple times that he would curb rights and also opposed same-sex marriage and even social gatherings among them.
During his campaign, Trump had said, “I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
Earlier, Trump had criticised Ariana Huffington, Bette Midler, and an NFL player who openly declared his homosexual status.
Further, in a televised news show, when Trump was asked if he would appoint judges to overrule the same-sex marriage decision, Trump said, “I would strongly consider that, yes.”
“There's lot of precedent, based on what he's (Obama) doing. Now, some have been - his executive order on the border, amazingly, the courts actually took that back a step and did something that was very surprising, which is, they did the right thing, so that maybe that one – but I would be rescinding a lot of executive orders that he's done. He just - the one good about executive order, the new president, if he comes in, boom, first day, first hour, first minute, you can rescind them,” Trump added on the same-sex marriage issue.
Following his comments, he set a trend of being ‘homophobic’, although he claimed to be ‘All Americans’ president’ in his victory speech.
An exit-poll data reported that 78 percent of the people who identified as LGBT voted for Clinton, while 14 percent chose Trump.
It remains to be seen if he really would curb their rights or improve their status during his presidency.