March is an exciting month for the LGBTQ+ community and The Trevor Project, as we take time to celebrate a range of important events that raise awareness for identities and issues within our diverse community. During this period of uncertainty and stress, it’s even more important for us to take time to recognize the health issues facing our community, and to take action to heal them.
March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month, and this year The Bisexual Resource Center announced that the month’s focus will be identifying social health disparities within the bisexual community while taking steps to build social support and resiliency. “Now more than ever, communities need to come together to offer support, stand up to injustice, and plan our continued efforts to survive and thrive,” said BRC Co-Presidents Heather Benjamin and Kate Estrop in a joint statement. We encourage young people who are bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, or simply curious to check out our Support Center with resources on bisexuality.
We kicked off March a bit early from February 26th to March 4th by recognizing National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. LGBTQ-identified people are disproportionately impacted by eating disorders, as they experience unique stressors that can be contributing factors in the development of an eating disorder, such as coming out and harassment in schools or the workplace. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse — all of which are common co-occurring conditions — can all compound this issue. To raise awareness, we co-hosted two Twitter chats using the hashtag #NEDAwareness to talk about this issue. We encourage all young people to reach out to NEDA to find resources and support.
March also marks Women’s History Month. Our social media channels will be featuring LGBTQ women who have made a huge impact throughout the month. Also, check out some of our Trevor Project staff wearing red in solidarity with the #DayWithoutAWoman strike.
Trevor is also continuously monitoring issues that affect our LGBTQ young people and we’re working in coalition with our colleague organizations to respond to issues that arise on the federal, state and local levels. We update our blog on a regular basis with statements and letters we’ve submitted via the many coalitions we are a part of.
We wrap up March by celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) on March 31st, a day to show your support for the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance in November which is primarily a day of mourning, TDOV is a day of empowerment to celebrate and recognize the amazing trans community. In the face of the Title IX Guidance Withdrawal and the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Gavin Grimm case, it’s even more important for us to show up as visible allies in solidarity with trans folks around the country. Join in with the hashtag #TDOR as we celebrate!
However you identify, we encourage all young people who are struggling to reach out to talk to us 24/7/365 at: 1-866-488-7386 or contact us via text or chat. We hear you and we are here to support you no matter what.
Interim Executive Director, The Trevor Project