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