Why does You Are Loved exist

In 2012 the Trans Mental Health Study in the UK showed that trans people experience higher rates of suicide and self-harm than any other group. In addition the Department of Health identified trans people as being particularly at risk. This high rate is caused by many different things, with social isolation and stress from harassment being prominent.

Yet, so far no resources have been allocated to help our communities to cope, to build resilience and prevent these unnecessary deaths. It has become clear that if we are going to change things, we are going to have to do it ourselves.

Over recent months, many awful stories have been published in the media about trans people. We have seen our friends and allies reduced to despair, people we love feeling broken by the words that have been used, amazing and wonderful activists contemplating giving up in the face of such overwhelming hatred. At these times we have turned to each other for solidarity and support, and have found warmth and compassion within our networks. But this leads us to question what impact these events have on people who aren’t so fortunate, and who don’t have good support. People who feel isolated and alone.

At TransBareAll, we want to build a repository of hope, so that we and our allies can tell others that they are not alone and that they are loved, for trans people who are feeling isolated to turn to when the it feels like the world is too difficult. We’ll have video messages, self-help guides and daily affirmations from some awesome people. This is being built with the principles of positive psychology in mind – that by re-focussing on community, connections and resilience we can help each other stay strong when it feels like the whole world is against us. Please support our work on this project. We are all fed up with seeing the harm that having to deal with such negativity causes to each other and those we love. Let’s build something better.

Jay and Lee
April 2013