Trevor Project is a Founding Nonprofit Partner of Revlon’s Love Project 2017

The Trevor project is thrilled to be an original nonprofit founding partner of Revlon’s Love Project 2017.  The campaign is based on the view that love is the foundation for a happier, more beautiful world.

The campaign previewed this week with a 30-second teaser video, featuring “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, and was posted exclusively on the singer’s social channels. This video will be followed by a commercial spot starring Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres, that will air during The 89th Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, February 26th.  The commercial will initiate a call-to-action to help spread more love in the world, inviting anyone who is inspired by love to visit theloveproject2017.com and create custom, shareable content that symbolizes what love means to them with the hashtag #Lovein3Words.  At the Trevor Project, our “love in three words” is #SavingYoungLives.

People can join the Love Project movement by visiting www.theloveproject2017.com to create their custom #Lovein3Words to post on their social channels, make a donation to Trevor and inspire others to join in, donate, and help spread the love. As the campaign unfolds, supporters will learn more ways in which they can choose love and inspire others to do the same.

“The Love Project is the beginning of a social movement which aims to inspire more love, acceptance, and caring in the world,” said Carlos Barreto, Revlon Senior Vice President Marketing. “At the heart of this campaign is the belief that all people are beautiful and that love can create a better world.”

“The Trevor Project is incredibly grateful to Revlon, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, and most especially to our long-time supporter Ellen DeGeneres for pushing forward a movement of love and kindness, which is so vital to the positive mental health of our LGBTQ young people,” said Trevor Project interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn. “The expanded awareness of our services via the Love Project campaign to such wide audiences, including both LGBTQ youth and the countless people who care about them, will be instrumental in helping the Trevor Project save young LGBTQ lives and be there for them every day whenever and however they need us.”

The Trevor Project is thrilled that the campaign debuts during the Oscars, as the organization was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR.

ABOUT
The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.  The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our highly-trained Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org


The Trevor Project Joins 127 organizations Urging Passage of the End Racial and Religious Profiling

The Trevor Project joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the 126 undersigned organizations, urging legislators to cosponsor S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA). Passage of this bill is needed to put an end to racial and religious profiling by law enforcement officials and to ensure that individuals are not prejudicially stopped, investigated, arrested, or detained based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Policies primarily designed to impact certain groups are ineffective and often result in the destruction of civil liberties for everyone.

View this letter online here.


Trump Administration Title IX Guidance Withdrawal is a Danger to the Mental Health of Trans Youth

February 22, 2017

Today, the Trump Administration rescinded Title IX guidance put forward in May of 2016 by the Obama Administration’s Departments of Education and Justice.  This guidance outlined what public schools’ responsibilities are to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and how those departments would evaluate a school’s compliance. Notably, the guidance mandated that public schools allow young people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Today’s letter to public schools withdraws this vital trans-supportive federal guidance.

Protective and common sense equality measures are an indicator of societal and environmental change toward acceptance and validation of LGBTQ individuals and communities. It is this acceptance (combating discrimination and its consequences) that we know is likely to increase the positive mental health of affected communities and reduce the risk of negative outcomes, such as suicide attempts. This was brought to light by the recent Johns Hopkins University study of marriage equality and a reduction in suicide attempts amongst the LGB community.

We understand that transgender students will still be afforded legal protections under federal law that school districts must comply with, and many schools are and will continue to protect transgender students under the prior guidance. However, we are very concerned that the move today by this administration proves a dangerous disregard for the well-being of transgender youth.

Policy, advocacy, education, and intervention (access to trained help) all go hand-in-hand to play a role in reducing risk.  Acute crisis events are often associated with suicidal behavior. Actions that are perceived as unsupportive of the LGBTQ community could initiate an acute crisis for LGBTQ youth, and lead to increased suicidality within this population.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only nationally accredited (by the American Association of Suicidology) organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth.  “By specifically targeting protections for youth who identify as transgender, the Trump administration has made a direct attack on the positive mental health of our community,” said Trevor Project interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn.  “On the day after the 2016 presidential election, The Trevor Project saw the single highest number of crisis contacts in a single day in its nearly 20-year history.  Our young people were frightened of the possible increase in discrimination, violence, and hate they might face under this new administration.  Unfortunately, today’s actions show that they weren’t wrong to feel that way.”

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality’s (NCTE) recent U.S. Transgender Survey, 82 percent of transgender people seriously considered completing suicide at some point in their lives. Among respondents who had attempted suicide, more than a third (34 percent) made their first attempt at age 13 or younger; three-quarters did so before age 18.  Nearly nine in ten transgender students are verbally harassed at school due to their gender identity and more than half have been physically assaulted, according to a 2009 GLSEN survey.

The Trevor Project stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the National Center for Transgender Equality, GLSEN, our other colleague organizations, and millions of kind and fair-minded individuals as a buffer between dangerous actions like this and our transgender young people.

President Trump and his administration are encouraged to utilize the educational resources available on the Trevor Project website to gain a better understanding of our community and learn how discriminatory legislation, rhetoric, and cabinet appointees can detrimentally affect the mental health of our youth.

Any LGBTQ young person who is feeling hopeless, sad, or suicidal is encouraged to call the highly-trained crisis counselors on our TrevorLifeline anytime at 1-866-488-7386 or reach out to us at TrevorText or TrevorChat via our website at www.TheTrevorProject.org.  You are not alone.  Reach out today.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT:
The Trevor Project is the leading and only nationally accredited organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential crisis intervention lifeline, text, and chat services.  We work to help alleviate the causes of the need of crisis services via our educational materials, online resources, research, and advocacy programs. We also offer a peer-to-peer support network for LGBTQ youth under the age of 25 via our TrevorSpace site. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

Support the work of the Trevor Project by making a tax-deductible donation today.

CONTACT: Trevor Project Vice President of Marketing Sheri A. Lunn: 310.271.8845 x402
Trevor Project interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn is available for interviews in New York City.
Trevor Project Director of Advocacy Amy Loudermilk, MSW is available for interviews in Washington DC.


The Trevor Project Joins 300+ Civil & Human Rights Organizations in Opposing Confirmation of Gorsuch

Today, the Trevor Project joined more than 300 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in sending a letter in opposition of the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  Sent by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein outlining concerns that Judge Gorsuch would tip the balance of the Court in a direction that would undermine many of our core rights and legal protections.  Specifically surrounding LGBTQ issues: “in his 2005 National Review article Judge Gorsuch expressed disdain for those seeking to use the courts to enforce their rights under the law, and he specifically criticized LGBT Americans who have relied on federal courts in their quest for equality. The rationale he employed in the Hobby Lobby case – a license to discriminate for private corporations – has also been used by several states to justify discrimination against LGBT Americans. And his skepticism about LGBT claims is also demonstrated in a 2015 case, Druley v. Patton, where he voted to reject a claim by a transgender woman incarcerated in Oklahoma who alleged that her constitutional rights were violated when she was denied medically necessary hormone treatment and the right to wear feminine clothing. Other federal courts have reached the opposite conclusion in such cases.”

The full letter with footnotes sent to Mr. Grassley and Ms. Feinstein can be found here. http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2017/oppose-gorsuch.html


Letter from Interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn

Dear Friends,

I’m honored to be leading The Trevor Project as the Interim Executive Director, after serving more than four years as the Deputy Executive Director.  I’m joined by the incredibly talented leadership team of Jeremy Ancalade, David Bond, Sheri Lunn, and Jack McCurley. During this tumultuous period of change in our country, I’m glad to be representing an organization that has remained a leader in helping LGBTQ youth for nearly two decades.

The demand for our services has surged since election, with the overall volume reaching the highest it’s been in our history. To better understand this trend, The Trevor Project participated in promoting HRC’s survey of more than 50,000 young people ages 13-18.  Results found that 70 percent of respondents have witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election, with racial bias the most common motive cited. More than a quarter of LGBTQ youth said they have been personally bullied or harassed since Election Day — compared to 14 percent of non-LGBTQ youth — with transgender young people most frequently targeted.  This confirms what we have heard first hand on our Lifeline, Chat and Text over the past two months: that youth desperately need our resources to turn to when they’re feeling scared, hopeless, and alone.

Now, more than ever, we must come together to support and lift each other up.  On Inauguration Day, we partnered with Raymond Braun to release a letter of hope to young LGBTQ folks, and we raised awareness of the Trevor Project’s mission as a beneficiary of the Concert For America, a star-studded Broadway benefit concert celebrating diversity where Trevor co-founder James Lecesne addressed the sold out crowd.  The following day we participated in the Women’s March as an official partner.  Trevor staff and volunteers from all over the United States joined the march in Washington, DC and multiple sister cities to promote LGBTQ equality, and peacefully walk in solidarity with the intersectional community of more than 5 million people who participated in every State and across every continent.

Change is not always easy, but one thing we’ve learned after 18 years of suicide prevention and crisis intervention is that our community of LGBTQ people and allies is a resilient one.  The Trevor Project is inspired by the outpouring of support from organizations and individuals who are committed to standing by LGBTQ youth.  It’s clear that we have so much collective support to face whatever challenges might come our way.  We’re thankful to donors, volunteers, and supporters like you.  Your passion and commitment to a bright future for LGBTQ youth inspires us every day.

Steve Mendelsohn
Interim Executive Director, The Trevor Project


The Trevor Project Renews Accreditation with The American Association of Suicidology

The Trevor Project, including The Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, and TrevorText has been re-accredited and is continuing to operate within the standards established by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).  AAS has been accrediting crisis intervention programs since 1976 in the United States, Canada and recently internationally.  The Trevor Project has been accredited since 2008, and the current reaccreditation cycle certifies us for another 5 years!

The American Association of Suicidology accreditation process strives to recognize exemplary crisis programs, and to help other programs refine their services according to these standards.  According to the AAS Organization Accreditation Standards Manual, programs seeking accreditation must offer crisis intervention services either as a primary focus or as a principle component of their service.  A good portion of the AAS Accreditation process is modeled on the Program Analysis of Service Systems (PASS) developed by Wolf Wolfensberger.   Crisis services are varied in their style of delivery, the community needs which they address, and their overall focus.  The AAS Accreditation Standards recognize and applaud this diversity.

AAS accreditation is important because it assures the minimum standards of service for persons in crisis:
– It validates service delivery programs that are performing according to nationally recognized standards
– The examiners offer consultation tailored to the needs of the individual program, its staff and board
– Accredited centers are given access to view crisis centers’ best practices on the AAS website
– It offers increased visibility and credibility, providing opportunities for modeling of program excellence to other organizations and professionals
– It provides additional credibility with funding agencies and opportunities
– It provides access to vital criteria for systematic, ongoing self-evaluation
– People who reach out to an accredited organization (The Trevor Project) are assured that staff has seriously examined their commitment to provide service according to nationally recognized standards

The 2016 site examiner stated that they were impressed with the level of commitment from The Trevor Project Management Team.  “It is admirable that the administrative team is focusing on achievable metrics and responsible growth.  I also appreciated the understanding the administrative team showed that all work done at The Trevor Project is suicide prevention work, even when the client does not specifically mention suicide.  The Trevor Project provides a necessary and vital service to users nationwide.  It is efficient, well managed and dedicated to its mission and vision.”

We are honored to be the only nationally accredited suicide lifeline for LGBTQ youth, and look forward to 5 more years of supporting our community.  If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.


TrevorText Expands Availability!

On February 1st, The Trevor Project expanded TrevorText by adding an additional day of services from 3PM-9PM EST on Wednesdays.  TrevorText, originally a pilot program with limited hours once a week, will now be available three days a week during after school hours for LGBTQ youth who need us.

The Trevor Project has been providing support for almost two decades on the Trevor Lifeline, the only nationally accredited suicide lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386.  As the youth we serve have become increasingly mobile, in 2013 we piloted our chat service, TrevorChat, three days a week, and began one day a week of TrevorText.  TrevorChat has since expanded to be available 7 days a week, every day of the year, from 3PM-9PM EST.  TrevorChat is available online, and is a great option for youth who feel more comfortable chatting online than talking on the phone.

The expanding hours of TrevorText allows The Trevor Project to be mobile friendly, which is important for youth who may not have access to a computer or who have more privacy from their mobile device. “It makes it even easier for youth to reach a counselor whenever and wherever they need to,” notes Brock Dumville, MPH, the Senior Crisis Services Manager at The Trevor Project.  Being able to meet our youth on the devices that are easiest for them to access allows us to save even more young LGBTQ+ lives.

“Now more than ever, we need to focus on helping youth to find us when and where they need us.  Given the current political climate, it’s important for us to provide more tools for youth to reach us when they are in crisis,” notes our Vice President of Programs, David W. Bond, LCSW, B.C.E.T.S.  “Since the election The Trevor Project has experienced record call volume, and providing support to LGBTQ+ youth is especially critical now.”

The outpouring of support in the wake of the election has us hopeful that we’ll be able to expand our services further in 2017.  If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, TrevorChat.org is available 3-9 pm EST 7 days a week, or you can text the word “TREVOR” to 1-202-304-1200 Wed-Fri 3-9 pm EST. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.


Trevor Project joins 251 Civil Rights Orgs in Opposing DeVos as Ed Sec

January 30, 2017

Oppose Confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Dear Senator,

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 251 organizations listed below, we urge you to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. All parents and students in this country – a majority of whom are of color or are low-incomei – want the best education, support and dignity for their own children. We stand with them and cannot support a nominee who has demonstrated that she seeks to undermine bedrock American principles of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and public education itself.

The Secretary of Education’s role as an enforcer of education and civil rights lawsii is central to advancing our shared vision of an inclusive and diverse system of high-quality public education that enables every student to live up to their potential. DeVos has demonstrated no previous commitment to ensuring equal educational opportunity in schools. Moreover, in her hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on January 17, 2017, she failed to demonstrate that she is capable of and committed to enforcing the law – as is required of the agency’s chief executive.

Betsy DeVos’ deference to state flexibility, even with regard to compliance with federal civil rights laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); her claim that demonstrating support for Title IX enforcement guidance would be “premature;” and her lack of support for accountability for all schools receiving federal funds only serve to reinforce our conclusion that her inadequate previous experience and missing record of support for students’ civil rights make her unfit to serve as Secretary of Education.

When compared with Secretaries of Education throughout the history of the department, DeVos’ lack of experience stands out. She has never been an educator or worked directly with children and families in public schools. She has never led a school, district or state agency tasked with educating students. She has never been a public school parent or a public school student. This lack of experience makes her uniquely unfamiliar with the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s students, families, educators and schools.

The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for implementing and enforcing laws protecting students from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability and those laws that provide for educational opportunity from early childhood through graduate school. The person responsible for leading that department must absolutely be committed to enforcing federal laws on behalf of every single student in this country – without regard to LGBTQI status, family income, race, ethnicity, home language, gender, religion, disability or immigration status. Our nation’s Constitution, economy, future and children deserve no less.

Sincerely,

The Trevor Project

For the full letter and 250 other organizations, visit: http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2017/oppose-confirmation-of-betsy.html


Welcome Series-Part 4

Learn about our Education and Prevention Programs

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about The Trevor Project as much as we’ve enjoyed sharing our work with you. In our last email in this welcome series we would like to tell you more about our education programs.

Trevor’s education programs provide life-affirming and life-saving resources for LGBTQ young people. Trevor Education provides a number of supportive, youth-focused resources including the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop and Trevor’s adult training programs. We are continuing to expand our education and outreach initiatives in order to create safe, inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth, in education and community centers across the country, like “Sandy,” a 16-year-old bisexual female from Maryland:

“My math teacher was the first adult I came out to. She noticed something was bothering me and asked about it after class one day. I told her I was bisexual and just broke down crying. She hasn’t taught me for two years but she still teaches me so much about embracing my identity and loving myself every single day. I don’t know what I’d do without her and I’m so grateful for her continued help.”

Lifeguard Workshop
Launched in February 2016, is an online educational resource that helps teachers, mental health professionals, social workers, administrators, PTAs, GSAs, and faith groups share lifesaving programs with youth in their communities.

This resource, shows youth they are not alone and it is brave to ask for help. Based on The Trevor Project’s in-person workshop, which is listed in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention, we’ve designed The Lifeguard Workshop to include a video, Safer Spaces Guide, and empathy building lessons for middle school and high school aged youth. The Lifeguard Workshop teaches youth how to identify the challenges faced by LGBTQ people, recognize the warning signs of suicide, and respond to someone who may be in crisis. Classroom posters and other educational resources that can be ordered online.

Adult Trainings
Trevor CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, and Empower) and Trevor Ally are training programs for youth-serving adults.The trainings provide an overview of LGBTQ youth culture and an opportunity to discuss the different environmental stressors that contribute to LGBTQ youth’s heightened risk for suicide. Ally and CARE cover research and popular methods that help adults identify and reduce the risk of suicide, as well as provide steps educators and other adults can take to promote a positive environment.

Learn how you can take part in these trainings.

Trevorspace
TrevorSpace is our peer-to-peer life-affirming social network that links its users to all Trevor crisis services.The unique online resource functions as a virtual safe space for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 and now has more than 130,000 members. TrevorSpace also has the distinct ability to cross international borders, curren


Welcome to Trevor-Part 2

Learn about our crisis services

Now that you know how The Trevor Project got started, we’d like to give you more background about the programs and services your giving provides young people in crisis.

LGBTQ young people deserve dedicated care and when it comes to providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for today’s generation, that care needs to be highly specialized. Thanks to your support and building on the experience we’ve gained for nearly two decades; our team continues innovating to expand Trevor’s capacity to respond to the 4x greater suicide risk facing our youth.

As you may recall from Part #1 of this email series, Trevor’s free and confidential core crisis programs include: The Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, and Trevor Text, in addition to a suite of education, outreach and advocacy resources. Every day, your giving allows young people in crisis to reach out to us, like Charlie,* a 15-year-old TrevorChat user who identifies as a trans man and asexual:

“Charlie” bravely reached out on TrevorChat because the school year was starting and he found out that his school would not allow him to dress in the way he felt comfortable.

Charlie was panicked. He had never met anyone in his area who was LGBTQ. He felt that if he came out to his parents or even teachers at school, he would be rejected. Charlie had already come out to his best friend Devin, and although she was accepting of his gender identity, he could not think of any other students who might be an ally. Charlie’s anxiety was growing and he was thinking about using a weapon to kill himself that night.

Over the course of the online conversation, the TrevorChat counselor helped Charlie think about additional people in his life who could be resources. He began talking about his siblings—with whom he got along well. Charlie then shared that he loved to cook and invent new dishes with them too. By the end of the chat session, he was feeling better and worked with the counselor to make a plan for the start of school. Charlie said he would speak with his siblings and Devin about his concerns and to ask for support. The counselor ended the chat by role playing the potential conversations and letting Charlie know he could always call back if needed.

Last year, donors like you helped us take nearly 150 calls, chats, and text messages each day from young people like Charlie. Learn more about our crisis programs and services below:

The Trevor Lifeline
The Trevor Lifeline is at the center of Trevor’s crisis intervention and suicide prevention services—with call centers in Los Angeles and New York and almost 200 active volunteers answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Trevor Lifeline is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), which certifies that the Lifeline is performing according to nationally recognized standards. Trevor provides the only crisis and suicide prevention service delivery program specifically serving the LGBTQ community to be accredited by AAS.

Lifeline counselors receive over 50 hours of training to answer calls from LGBTQ young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. If you live in NY or LA, you may be eligible to volunteer.

Find out how to apply to volunteer here.

TrevorChat
TrevorChat is an instant messaging program for youth who are in crisis and want to talk online with someone who understands their challenges. TrevorChat operates in the afternoon and evening, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

TrevorChat connects LGBTQ youth with trained counselors and provides access and anonymity to a population of young people who may feel more comfortable asking for help online, or who may not be able to access a safe phone line. This service meets a growing digital need. In its first year, 2011, TrevorChat received just over 2,500 messages, and last year it received over 10,000 messages. Meeting increased demand, TrevorChat continues to provide its service 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

TrevorText
In 2014, we piloted TrevorText, our proprietary text-messaging crisis program—with only one day of TrevorText service available each week. Since then, we’ve experienced growth at more than twice the growth rate on our other crisis programs.

In January 2017, donors like you helped raise funds to expand TrevorText to a third day of service each week. Our continued aim is to reach LGBTQ youth whenever they need support, wherever they may be, and in whatever ways they find most comfortable. TrevorText is available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT.

The youth story in this email is representative of a TrevorChat crisis conversation. Names and identifiable details have been changed to protect confidentiality.