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Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
For years we’ve been saying that we need to know more about LGBTQ youth and adults. Now, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are taking notice and focusing their attention on the dramatic gaps in health research about the LGBTQ community, including depression, suicide, transgender and intersex-specific health needs, and youth. This is a huge step forward and a great opportunity to share and learn more about the youth we serve.
NIH’s historic announcement came after a landmark report
in March 2011 by the Institute of Medicine addressing LGBT health disparities. After carefully reviewing the research and recommendations, NIH’s Director released a statement declaring their new plan to advance the health of the LGBT community through greater knowledge and stronger research.
We are enthusiastic
about NIH’s future strategy to broaden our country’s understanding of health concerns unique to the LGBTQ community, and especially youth. The more we know about the young people we serve, the better The Trevor Project can provide relevant and effective resources that can help save a life.
The Trevor Project is excited to join fellow LGBT movement leaders from across the country in Atlanta, Georgia later this month for Creating Change
. Each year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hosts youth and adults from all areas of the LGBT movement for a 5-day conference of trainings, workshops, celebrations and events to help move rights, policy, and education forward for the benefit of all LGBTQ people.
During the event, Trevor will be sharing our resources and hosting the “Youth Hospitality Suite” where young people under 24 can meet other young advocates and participate in fun activities and games throughout the week.
This year, The Trevor Project will also be presenting 5 workshops:
- Strategic Partnerships: Building a Movement Across Lines of Difference (with Teach for America and GLSEN)
- Advanced Topics in Safe Schools Law and Policy (with GLSEN, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Department of Justice and Department of Education)
- LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention: A Public Health and Policy Approach (with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
- Saving Our Selves: Transgender Suicide Prevention and Intervention (with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and Boston GLASS)
- The Trevor Lifeguard Workshop
We can’t wait to build connections for our national, state and local advocacy work and inform the incredible advocates present about Trevor’s wide array of education programs and resources. Atlanta, here we come!
TrevorSpace Users Come Out in Seventeen
Make sure you pick up the December-January issue of Seventeen
magazine, which features members of TrevorSpace
. The article, “Coming Out Strong,” begins with a message of empowerment: “Even in the era of Gaga and GLEE
, it can still be hard to tell your friends and family you’re gay. But being honest about who you are is
The powerful piece was created with participation from TrevorSpace members, including Hayley, a 16-year-old lesbian from Centreville, VA who identifies as genderqueer. “I told my BFF that I’m gay on the bus home from school in the ninth grade – I just couldn’t keep it a secret any longer,” Hayley told interviewers. “It took me a little while to deal with the fact that I’m gay…I could give my friend that time too!”
We are so proud of all the TrevorSpace members who bravely shared their coming out stories with Seventeen for this great piece about acceptance. Through their honesty and by sharing The Trevor Project’s life-affirming resources, like TrevorChat, TrevorSpace and the Trevor Lifeline, they are making it better now for LGBTQ young people nationwide.
On Sunday, December 2nd, we honored international super star Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award and Audi of America with the Trevor 2020 Award at Trevor LIVE, presented by Audi and Wells Fargo at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
“To all of the LGBT young people out there, I want you to know that whoever you are attracted to or however you express your gender – flashy or femme, male, female or a way that’s all your own - you are fabulous,” said Katy Perry, Trevor Hero Award Honoree
“Audi is grateful to be able to help encourage LGBTQ youth to take pride in themselves and the communities that support them. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and being a true leader means being unique and being authentic,” said Michael Patrick, Media and VIP Manager at Audi of America, Trevor 2020 Award Honoree
Mark your calendars, because Trevor LIVE will be coming to New York City on Monday, June 17th at Chelsea Piers!