Trevor Project: Heroic Trans Troops Should Be Celebrated, Not Threatened With Discrimination

Trevor Project: Heroic Trans Troops Should Be Celebrated, Not Threatened With Discrimination

The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth today released this statement from Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director:

“President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from the military is wrong and un-American. Our heroic transgender troops should be celebrated and thanked for their patriotic service, not threatened with discrimination. We receive calls every day from LGBTQ youth expressing pain and anguish, often over dangerous policies like this one.”

“Regardless of what any politician in Washington says, The Trevor Project wants all transgender young people across the country to know that they are beautiful, that they are worthy, and that they are not alone. If the actions of this administration are making them feel alone, scared, or feel like they need someone to talk to, they can reach out to The Trevor Project 24/7.”

The Trevor Project previously reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall, and most specifically from transgender youth following President Trump’s tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the “bathroom bill” in the Texas legislature.

Of the approximately 178 contacts per day (on average) received by The Trevor Project, 7.3 percent typically self-identify as transgender. However, within 24 hours after President Trump’s tweet regarding transgender military service members, contacts from transgender individuals spiked to 17.5 percent of all contacts.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, 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 Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. TrevorChat is our online instant messaging service available 7 days a week between 3pm – 10pm ET/12pm – 7pm PT at www.thetrevorproject.org/help. TrevorText is also available Monday-Friday between 3pm – 10pm EST/12pm – 7pm PT. Just text “TREVOR” to 1-202-304-1200 to speak with one of our counselors. www.TheTrevorProject.org


Trevor and NCTE FILE FOIA Request—How is ED protecting LGBTQ youth?

Trevor Project and National Center for Transgender Equality Demand Documents on How Department of Education is Protecting LGBTQ youth

Organizations seek evidence of how policy changes are impacting Department of Education’s oversight to protect students across the country

The Trevor Project and National Center for Transgender Equality today sent a request under the Freedom of Information Act to the U.S. Department of Education to shine a light on its legal responsibility to protect the civil rights of transgender and other LGBTQ youth in schools across our nation.

This request comes after the Trump Administration rescinded the Department’s guidance on providing a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for transgender students, and the Department refused to produce documents in response to a request by 30 US Senators on how the change would impact ways the Department protects vulnerable students across the country.

“Schools have an obligation to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, and the Department of Education must ensure that they do so,” said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of the Trevor Project. “Our letter today is a step toward holding the government accountable on behalf of transgender students and all LGBTQ youth across the country.”

According to Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, “Transgender students and their families deserve to know that the U.S. Department of Education will honor its mandated responsibility and moral duty to ensure all students can safely attend schools. We need the Trump Administration to be clearer about whether and how they will do that.”

See the full letter here.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, 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 Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org

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The Trevor Project Commends The Mormon Church for Calling for a Community of Inclusion

Church Leaders Invited to Tour Suicide Prevention Call Center and Learn How to Protect Our LGBTQ Youth

The Trevor Project, the nation’s only crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on LGBTQ youth and a LoveLOUD festival beneficiary, today thanked the Mormon Church for their support of the concert and for calling for a community of inclusion.

“The Trevor Project commends the Mormon Church for calling for a community of inclusion and we hope to continue the dialogue to the point where religious institutions in this country stand for the full equality of all their members,” said The Trevor Project’s CEO and Executive Director Amit Paley.

The LOVELOUD Festival was created by Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds, who identifies as Mormon, to ignite the conversation of what it means to truly and unconditionally love, accept, understand, and support LGBTQ youth.  The concert benefits The Trevor Project, GLAAD, Encircle, and Stand4Kind.  It will be held Saturday, August 26 in Orem, Utah and will feature performances from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon, Joshua James, and Aja Volkman. Watch Dan Reynolds talk about the Festival here. Limited tickets remain.

The Mormon Church released the following statement in support of the LOVELOUD Festival this morning:

“We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBT youth’s aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children. We join our voice with all who come together to foster a community of inclusion in which no one is mistreated because of who they are or what they believe.  We share common beliefs, among them the pricelessness of our youth and the value of families. We earnestly hope this festival and other related efforts can build respectful communication, better understanding and civility as we all learn from each other.”

Suicide is the number one cause of death for young people ages 11-17 in Utah and LGBTQ youth are more likely to consider and to attempt to kill themselves than their straight peers.  One supportive person in an LGBTQ youth’s life reduces the risk of suicide by 30 percent.

“LGBTQ young people who contact our suicide prevention lines often cite religious condemnation and exclusion as a cause of crisis,” Paley said. “We invite Church leaders to tour our call center and learn more about the causes of crisis articulated by youth reaching out to us.”

Imagine Dragons lead singer and LoveLOUD founder Dan Reynolds said, “Mormons and people of orthodox faith should be able to come out and feel respected and loved and not feel like these are people saying, ‘Hey, you need to change your beliefs.’ But rather to say, ‘How can we all be better and more loving and accepting?’”

The Trevor Project is available 24/7/365 for LGBTQ young people who need someone to talk with. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. Text and chat counseling is available from 3-10pm EST every day at www.thetrevorproject.org/help.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 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 Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org


Victory! “Bathroom bills” threatening trans youth defeated in Texas

A message from Amit Paley, Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director:

Friends,

Tonight we got some good news from Texas.

The state legislature for the past few weeks has been debating so-called “bathroom bills” that would prevent trans students and adults from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. This evening the legislature adjourned its special session without passing these dangerous and discriminatory laws.

All of us at The Trevor Project know how dangerous these bills are because we heard it directly from trans youth in Texas. After the introduction of this disgraceful legislation, our counselors saw a huge spike in contacts from LGBTQ youth to our crisis services. The number of transgender youth reaching out to us actually doubled. The stories we heard were heart-breaking.

So we joined with our partners in Texas and across the country to stand up for trans youth in Texas. We released the devastating statistics to our allies in Texas and across the country—which were cited by legislators, parents of trans kids and in national outlets like Rolling Stone as well as local media across the state. Our Trevor Advocacy Network generated calls and letters of opposition to elected officials in Texas.

Most importantly, we sent a clear message to trans youth in Texas: That they are beautiful. That they are worthy of respect. That they are never alone. And that The Trevor Project is always here to support them, 24/7.

Will you join us in standing up for trans youth in Texas and across the country? Your gift of $1 helps provide an additional minute of support for LGBTQ youth in crisis.

This fight is far from over. Anti-trans legislators may try again to hurt LGBTQ youth. But no matter what politicians in DC or Austin do, Trevor will always be here to provide support for LGBTQ young people.

Amit Paley
CEO & Executive Director
The Trevor Project


Trevor Project Responds to Hate Incidents in Charlottesville, VA

The Trevor Project’s CEO & Executive Director, Amit Paley, released the following statement in response to the hate rallies in Charlottesville, VA:

“The Trevor Project condemns all hatred, discrimination and violence. The actions of white supremacists this weekend–who physically and verbally attacked people of color, LGBTQ people, and others—are unacceptable and un-American.

Our hearts go out to those hurt by these hateful actions, and especially to the family and friends of  the people who lost their lives.”

If you are an LGBTQ young person and are feeling hopeless, fearful, suicidal or just need someone to talk to, The Trevor Project is always here for you. You can call our 24/7 Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or reach out via our text and chat services at www.thetrevorproject.org/help.


Spike in Crisis Contacts Related to Anti-Trans Rhetoric

LGBTQ Suicide Hotline Calls from Transgender Youth More than Double Following Trump’s Trans Military Ban Tweet and Texas “Bathroom Bill” Introduction

The Trevor Project Calls on Policymakers to Cease Anti-Transgender Rhetoric

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August 2, 2017 (West Hollywood, CA) – Today, the Trevor Project – the nation’s largest LGBTQ youth crisis intervention & suicide prevention organization – reported a dramatic spike in calls, text messages and online chats overall, and most specifically from transgender youth following President Trump’s tweet regarding transgender military service members and the announcement of the “bathroom bill” in the Texas legislature.

Of the approximately 178 contacts per day (on average) received by The Trevor Project, 7.3 percent typically self-identify as transgender. However, within 24 hours after President Trump’s tweet regarding transgender military service members, contacts from transgender individuals spiked to 17.5 percent of all contacts. Furthermore, in the week after the Texas legislature introduced the anti-trans “bathroom bill,” contacts from transgender young people doubled to 14.7 percent.

“This data makes clear that our elected officials can no longer ignore that their anti-transgender rhetoric is putting lives at risk,” said Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director Amit Paley. “Anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and legislation directly leads to crisis among our community’s young people. While The Trevor Project will continue to be there for them around the clock, our elected officials must stop throwing young people into crisis for political gain. Discrimination is un-American, and we will hold to account those legislators who attack the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community.”

The Trevor Project is available 24/7/365 for LGBTQ young people who need someone to talk with. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. Text and chat counseling is available from 3-10pm EST every day at www.thetrevorproject.org/help.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, 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 Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org