By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
Harmless practical jokes are at the center of April Fools’ Day for classmates, morning drive DJ’s, and late night comedians. But for nearly 82% of LGBT youth who report schoolyard bullying and harassment, the so-called jokes at their expense aren’t designed to make them laugh – and they won’t stop on April 2nd.
Today, 4/1/14, please make a gift of $41.14 and stand for LGBTQ youth who aren’t laughing. Your support will bring Trevor’s life-saving resources to thousands of young people nationwide.
The fear that many LGBTQ young people face in school is not a laughing matter. While statistics speak volumes, the voices of our youth who reach out to us give us stories that are happening right now:
“At school they bully me about [being bisexual]. Everyone at school says I’m worthless and need to die. Lately I’ve stayed to myself and even though I do, people still make fun of me – even the teachers."
“At school, they bully, harass and torment me, calling me a fag and queer. Sometimes I just want to say, ‘Okay, I’m gay!’– but I know it’ll make it worse. Because of this…I don’t know if I should come out. Should I? Help me, please."
These experiences break my heart. Thankfully, our incredible volunteers were able to connect with them through Ask Trevor, our online letter-writing forum, and give them the support they needed.
By making a gift today, you will allow us to continue responding to youth in crisis over the phone, online, and over text; build safer schools through our life-affirming workshops and trainings; and promote new model policies for suicide prevention.
No young person’s identity should be the punch line of a joke. No prank should make a young person feel isolated. We can’t support them without your help. Together, we can make a difference.