Living With Change strives to make a difference in the lives of transgender youth. During the pandemic, isolation has taken a toll on mental health. This is even more apparent with people in the transgender community. Since the pandemic began, calls to the crisis telephone line Trans Lifeline have gone up by 40%. Living With Change will be launching a discord server so transgender teens have a place to connect and attend support groups virtually.

“As a mother, I’ve seen how important it is for children, especially teens, to have friends and be surrounded by a supportive community. That’s why virtual support groups can be the lifeline that transgender children need during social isolation. The goal is for everyone, including my daughter, to feel supported and accepted.”
Jessica Cicchinelli
Living With Change Co-founder
24/7 Chat Channel

Launching March 31st, server members will have access to a 24/7 chat and can talk to each other at all hours of the day and get to know each other in a way that is COVID-19 safe.

Support Groups

2 support groups will be held on a monthly basis on locked voice and text channels. These groups will be broken up by age and will be moderated by Elliott Wilkinson. Not only is he the Living With Change’s Strategy and Operations Manager, but he is also the co-founder and product designer of B.UR.SLF LLC, a company that makes more breathable binders for those in the transgender community. Experts, from healthcare providers to social workers, will be invited to lead discussions in these groups.

Ages 13-15 will meet on the second Wednesday of each month. The first meeting is on April 14th.
Ages 16-19 will meet on the third Wednesday of each month. The first meeting is on April 21st.

You must agree to the rules for the discord server before using it. They are the following:

  1. Be kind to others. No bullying or hate speech of any kind is accepted on the server. This includes racism, homophobia, transphobia, and the like.
  2. Keep everything safe for work. General text channels are for everyone 13 to 19. If it wouldn’t be allowed at school or a job, it isn’t allowed on the server.  
  3. Refrain from discussing things that may trigger others. This includes discussion of self-harm, suicide, etc. Please refer to our crisis management tab if you or someone you know needs help. 
  4. Ask other members before sending DMs. Moderation will refrain from sending DMs unless it’s necessary to discuss rule breaking or problems with other server members.

Server members with minor infractions with be warned 3 times before a 24-hour mute is put in place.
Any warnings after that will result in a ban from the server.  

More serious infractions such as hate speech or baiting others with suicide and self-harm will result in a ban without warning. 

If you are having trouble with other members or feel a portion of the conversation might have been missed while people were talking, please feel free to DM Elliott Wilkinson for further action.