Transitioning is difficult for both the transgendered person and those around them since many do not understand why the transgendered people feels the way they do. Even in the LGBT community they can sometimes feel left out since even in that community they are not always well understood. Consider what Leelah Alcorn herself wrote in a Reddit response to a heterosexual asking what they can do:
A lot of people forget about the T in LGBT. Try educate yourself and others about transgender people. A lot of people don't even know what transgender means and most of the people who do confuse us with crossdressers and drag queens and act like we're jokes. I've never had a conversation with someone (who didn't know I was trans) about transgender people that wasn't incredibly offensive and treated the trans community like sub-humans.
Below are some resources to help educate and support those in need.
♥ Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
♥ The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386.
♥ The Leelah Project was started help people like Leelah receive the support and necessities they need in order to live a fulfilling life expressing themselves in a way that makes them comfortable. We’re a nonprofit cause that supplies clothes and other miscellaneous necessities for those who need them. We also provide discreet packaging for those who request it.
♥ Parents of Transgender kids (Facebook Community)
♥ Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) provides free legal services for low income people and people of color who are trans, intersex or gender non-conforming. This collective organization also works on issues related to housing, employment, foster care, welfare, benefits, immigration, school and the criminal justice system.
♥ Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) provides free legal services, as well as a name-change project, education and advocacy, for transgender and gender non-conforming people.