By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
Women’s History Month this March is about highlighting incredible woman-identified powerhouses who have changed the world for the better. At The Trevor Project we not only want to celebrate this month, we want to shine a light on the often unrecognized influence LGBTQ women have had, and continue to have, on our youth.
From Tammy Smith, Deborah Batts, and Tammy Baldwin, who were among the first openly lesbian women to hold their honored positions in public service, to the women whose voices have helped shape an iconic movement – Audre Lorde, Brenda Howard, Gloria Anzaldua, Urvashi Vaid, and Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson – LGBTQ women have made a lasting impact on our culture. Women like comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley and astronaut Sally Ride achieved great heights in history, even if being “out” wasn’t a part of their public persona.
Household names, like Ellen DeGeneres, have changed our society’s hearts and minds, helping to create more opportunities for trailblazers like Janet Mock, Laura Jane Grace, and Megan Rapinoe to come out proudly as a part of the LGBTQ community, find acceptance, and stand up for the futures of our youth.
As we work to prevent suicide among all LGBTQ youth, I am thankful for the gifts these powerful women have given to the young people Trevor serves. Thanks to their firsts, their voices, and their courage, LGBTQ youth of all ages, genders, and identities can envision futures that are full of hopeful potential – and maybe one day, see their name added to the ever-growing list of LGBTQ leaders.