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 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. 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 “START” to 678678 to speak with one of our counselors. www.TheTrevorProject.org