Donald Trump Linked To LGBT Suicide Hotline Call Spike: Fears Include Gay Marriage & Health Care

Joanne Eglash - Author
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Nov. 15 2016, Updated 5:36 a.m. ET

Donald Trump’s win is reportedly paralleling a spike in calls to LGBT suicide hotlines. The soaring number of calls comes amid speculation about where Trump stands regarding issues ranging from gay marriage to transgender bathrooms to health care.

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“One hotline received five times its usual call volume,” Mother Jones magazine told readers.

Since Donald was elected president, calls to two LGBT suicide prevention hotlines have soared, both revealed to the magazine. One nonprofit whose focus is on preventing transgender suicides, Trans Hotline, shared that its call volume is five times the normal rate.

“We started getting increased call volume at about 10 p.m. on election night, and it hasn’t slowed down at all,” noted Gretta Martela, the director of Trans Hotline. “In fact, it’s on the rise still.”

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