By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
Women’s History Month is a crucial time for us to reflect on the woman-identified people in our history who, despite discrimination and inequality, made enormous strides worldwide. Today, I feel fortunate to recognize just a few of the powerful female leaders who helped make The Trevor Project possible.
Peggy Rajski directed and co-produced TREVOR, the film that inspired our mission. In 1998 Peggy co-founded The Trevor Project, was the interim executive director and has continually served on Trevor’s Board of Directors as a passionate advocate for LGBTQ youth in crisis. We are so grateful for her vision and commitment to supporting The Trevor Project as we save young lives.
Brenda Freiberg was one of our earliest Board Chairs. As an award-winning AIDS activist, she helped grow our organization during a time when the Board of Directors meetings were held in her own home! It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since then, due in part to her leadership.
As the first out lesbian Board Chair at The Trevor Project, Meredith brought a unique and valuable perspective to the forefront. Through her leadership, we were able to expand Trevor’s services and programs and lay the foundation for a strategic plan that would carry us into the future.
Throughout the LGBTQ nonprofit world, women are also standing at the forefront of key issues in the community – like Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director; Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the National Black Justice Coalition and Lorri L. Jean, the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, to name a few.
And of course, there are the hundreds upon hundreds of women nationwide who are helping to create a better to tomorrow for youth everywhere. On our social media we will be highlighting just a few who have made an impact on our society. To them all, we are so grateful. Thank you!