On May 29, The Trevor Project will be hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill, sponsored by Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and in partnership with the Family Acceptance Project. This policy briefing will highlight the critical issue of suicide among LGBTQ youth and the important role of family acceptance in preventing tragedy.
Among the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth is the practice known as “conversion therapy.” Too often, families turn to this dangerous and discredited therapy because of its promise that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be changed. For young people who are forced to participate in “conversion therapy,” the treatment is often seen as a form of rejection by their family, which can lead to negative consequences including depression, anxiety, drug use, and suicidality. Through government advocacy, however, The Trevor Project is working to protect youth from these harmful practices.
Our Capitol Hill briefing will help draw attention to the continued need for our policy makers to get involved in LGBTQ youth suicide prevention by promoting family acceptance, protecting youth from dangerous conversion therapy, and uplifting the health of LGBTQ youth across the country.
Panelists include: Trevor’s Executive Director and CEO, Abbe Land, and Government Affairs Director, Alison Gill; Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project; Brian Altman, Legislative Director at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and Charlie Kerr, Trevor Youth Advisory Council member.
For more information about Trevor’s policy priorities, visit: TheTrevorProject.org/advocacy