The Trevor Project was proud to attend The National Conference on LGBTQ Equality: Creating Change, sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force, in Denver, CO from February 4-8. Here, over 4,000 people came together to learn, empower, and strategize about the coming year in LGBTQ rights and social justice.
For the second year in a row, Trevor staff presented a day-long institute called “Advancing LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Well-Being: Building Capacity in Our Communities.” Over 70 mental health professionals, campus life staff, educators, and youth-service coordinators from every region in the country took part in crisis intervention role plays, identified ways to reduce stigma through safe messaging, brainstormed ways to advocate for youth voices, and built empathy with activities.
“As always, Creating Change gave me the opportunity to become a stronger advocate for LGBTQ youth. I loved attending the many youth-led workshops to hear firsthand how we can better support them, and I am always touched by the moving stories attendees share with us when they visit Trevor’s table. Creating Change always reminds me of how powerful our work truly is.” Wes Nemenz, Senior Education Manager at The Trevor Project.
Trevor also staffed a table in the exhibiting hall, gathering hundreds of signatures from folks who showed interest in volunteering, sharing our resources, and supporting our work.
Check out a few of our tweets during Creating Change: