US crisis hotlines see surge from LGBTQ callers after Trump win

November 14, 2016 20:50

NEW YORK - Crisis hotlines in the United States have seen a surge in calls and texts from distressed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people following the presidential election of Donald Trump, the groups said on Monday.

Donald Trump's election victory last week has left LGBTQ rights advocates in fear that the president-elect's upcoming administration would see a reversal of the civil rights gains the community has made in recent years.Three major US crisis and suicide prevention hotlines told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they had been flooded with calls and text messages from the LGBTQ community since Trump's win.

The spike sometimes forced the groups to bring in extra staff to meet unexpected demand, they said.

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