On March 4 in New York, Trevor NextGen hosted an empowering event focusing on LGBTQ youth and the media. Throughout the evening, advocates and leaders shared their stories and spoke to more than 50 attendees to inspire, spread awareness, and educate.
It is increasingly important to lift of the voices of LGBTQ young people who are often not represented in media outlets, as well as share their diverse stories and perspectives. Oftentimes, LGBTQ young people are unable to see people who reflect their identities. This can be isolating and challenging, especially if a young person is struggling to accept themselves for who they are.
Trevor Youth Advisory Council member Charlie Kerr
The speakers who discussed this important topic included Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and President of GLAAD; Jonathan Higbee, Associate Web Editor at Instinct Magazine; Kelvin Moon Loh, Broadway actor; and Charlie Kerr, filmmaker and Founder of Trans Across America.
Charlie, who is also a Trevor Youth Advisory Council member, shared her experiences related to street harassment on the streets of New York as a trans woman. She debuted her video series showcasing youth who share the emotional and physical toll of this public type of harassment.
Thank you to NextGen New York for creating this important event, and to HuffPo Gay Voices for their partial sponsorship!