Anonymous asked: Hi, I live in WI and i feel so alone at least in my state. thers no where for me to get help i dont think i can hamdle waiting till i'm 30 plus yrs of age to get help i need some help now. what am i to do?
I am so sorry you feel so alone. I feel you, it is tough out here and it is so, so hard to be all by yourself in this. I can assure you that you are not alone, in your state, or in the world. TheMidwestis full of people just like you, and we are all feeling similar feelings of isolation and frustration. Keep fighting, I know you can empower yourself without waiting until you’re 30 (which isn’t THAT old, PS lol!). Depending on what you can do, you might have to wait a little while longer, but maybe if instead of “waiting” you think of it as “working” – working to get to where you want to be, how you want to be, who you want to be… Every day, every action, is another step towards your goals for living. And please let me know if there is anything I can do to make that journey easier, even if it is just having someone to talk to. I am here. You are not alone.
Depending on where you live in Wisconsin, there are a couple little hubs of resources that hopefully you can access, even if only online for now. I put the info below, maybe other tumblr folks will have feedback too. Even if this stuff isn’t right near you, I try to never underestimate the power of a phone call or email. It sucks to not be in the same physical space as someone, but just being able to connect with someone else can make a huge difference.
a lot of these are listed on my org’s website, http://transqueerwellness.org/, if you want to see where I got them.
FORGE – (http://forge-forward.org/) Michael Munson is the director and he is an excellent human being. If you reach out to him I know he will be able to help you out! Say I sent you, if you need a point of introduction. He is very well connected and will hopefully know of some resources near you. FORGE also publishes a very up to date physicians list for trans folks if that is something you could use- http://forge-forward.org/2011/02/wisconsin-physician-list/
Milwaukee Queer Cooperative (https://www.facebook.com/MQCooperative) - this is a new group of activists that has recently fired up, they are very active and possibly will have some broad state connections.
The Milwaukee LGBT Center (http://www.mkelgbt.org/) also may be able to connect you with some resources. They don’t have TONS of trans focused programs, but they do have a really cool staff of people and a lot of resources.
Madison LGBT Center (http://www.lgbtoutreach.org/) I don’t have a lot of experience with these folks, but what I do know about them is pretty positive. They have a lot of programs and resources including a Gender Wellness program (http://genderwellness.lgbtoutreach.org/)
You can also check out UW Madison’s LGBT services (http://lgbt.wisc.edu/) sometimes they are plugged in, especially because they may have students or staff from other areas of the state. UPDATE: I’ve been told that most UW campuses have resources, so if you are near any of them (there are lots) you can check that out.
Integrity/Dignity Madison based LGBTQ Faith org (http://www.idmadison.org/)
Good Luck! Hang in there, friend. I am sending love and good vibes your way.