Statement from Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
Los Angeles, CA (February 13, 2014) – Today marks a social milestone for transgender and gender non-conforming youth as Facebook broadens its options to select gender and preferred gender pronouns on its English language platforms. Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project, which operates crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth nationwide, including a social network, TrevorSpace.org specifically for these youth, released the following statement about the new policy:
“Safely being out online and safe expression of one’s gender identity are among the top areas of concern for youth who reach out to us. As a member of Facebook’s Network of Support since 2010, The Trevor Project is very excited about the social network’s move to allow users to express their true gender in a safe way. Studies show that the stronger a person’s support structure, the more likely they are to reach out for help when they need it. Until today, the options for youth to expand their social support network online were limited. For many LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Project's social network TrevorSpace.org has been their only option for expressing their true gender identity when online. Facebook’s newly expanded gender identity policy means youth can choose how to safely expand their support structures and safety nets through social media.
“Today’s announcement has already begun a conversation, and for some, the questions may be challenging. The Trevor Project is here, 24/7 to answer the calls or questions of LGBTQ youth in crisis and who need support at 1-866.488-7386.”
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, 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. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.
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