At its core, our federal advocacy work is framed around the idea that discrimination and stigma are the cornerstones of many of the disparities faced by LGBTQ youth and other at-risk populations, particularly those with mental health concerns.
Mental Health and Well-Being
The Trevor Project believes that appropriate health and mental health care is essential to preventing suicide.
Family Acceptance and Homelessness
The Trevor Project recognizes the detrimental effects of family rejection.
Education and Safe Schools
The Trevor Project affirms the right of all young people to access safe and respectful public education.
Data Collection and Research
We believe that one of the most important advances we can make is the passage and enforcement of laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in health care, education, employment, housing, and public accommodations. This should include advocacy against laws and policies that stigmatize or isolate LGBTQ youth, as well as policies supporting sexual orientation change efforts for LGBTQ youth. We believe that we can only succeed in our mission with a broad vision of justice and equality, and in all of our work we are committed to recognizing the diverse health needs of youth with disabilities, transgender youth, youth of color, homeless youth, youth in the juvenile justice system, and youth with diverse family backgrounds.