Nation’s First Openly Gay Governor Signs Landmark LGBTQ Legislation into Law for Colorado

Colorado Becomes 18th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

Denver, CO — In a historic day for Colorado and the nation, Governor Jared Polis — the country’s first openly gay governor — signed HB19-1039: Jude’s Law and HB19-1129: Prohibit Conversion Therapy for A Minor. These two pieces of legislation are vital to the health and safety of LGBTQ youth in Colorado. Versions of these bills were first introduced in 2015, and previously failed to receive hearings. This year, both bills passed with bipartisan support in both chambers.

Sponsored by the LGBT Caucus co-chairs Representative Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Senator Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, Jude’s Law will allow transgender Coloradans to more easily update the gender on their birth certificate, enabling them to have the identification documents that match who they are. Coloradans will be able to update their gender on their birth certificate to M, F, or X — without a surgery, a doctor’s note, or court order. This bill removes both the surgery requirement and court order requirement, allowing transgender people the ability to self-identify on their ID document. The bill removes the publication requirement for a name change in order to reflect one’s gender identity. A new birth certificate will be issued instead of an amended birth certificate when updating gender. Colorado is the third state in the country (including California and Oregon) to have non-binary gender options for both driver’s licenses and birth certificates.

Sponsored by Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, and Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, and Senator Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, HB19-1129 will ban a state-licensed mental health care provider from engaging in the discredited, harmful practice of conversion therapy on a patient under 18 years of age. Conversion therapy is the discredited and dangerous practice of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. A physician or mental health care provider who violates this provision engages in unprofessional conduct under the applicable professional licensing board. Colorado will be the 18th state in the country to protect minors from conversion therapy.

“This was a historic session for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. With legislation that impacts youth, transgender, and non-binary Coloradans, One Colorado championed bills for some of the most vulnerable in our community to improve the everyday lives of LGBTQ Coloradans. The strong bipartisan support of both of these bills further demonstrates that LGBTQ equality should be a nonpartisan issue, and we applaud the Republicans who stood with our community. Colorado will continue to make history as our country’s first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis, signs our pro-equality agenda into law to send a strong message that Colorado is a state that is open to all,” said Daniel Ramos, Executive Director of One Colorado.

“The Trevor Project is proud to stand with One Colorado and all of the amazing lawmakers and advocates in the Centennial State as they become the 18th state in the country to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy,” said Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. “Watching the first openly LGBTQ governor in the nation sign this legislation is an especially humbling moment. Trevor will continue working across the nation until this horrible practice is relegated to the dustbin of history.”

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, is invested in ending conversion therapy in every state. A 2018 study found that the rate of attempted suicide by LGBTQ youth whose parents tried to change their sexual orientation was more than double the rate of LGBTQ youth who reported no such attempts. For LGBTQ young people who reported both home-based efforts to change their sexual orientation by parents and efforts by therapists or religious leaders, the rate was three times higher.

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, One Colorado, and GLAD, along with local advocates in support of these vital protections. People can sign up to join The Trevor Project’s effort to end conversion therapy by texting “TREVOR” to 40649.

Learn more about reporting on conversion therapy.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

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Research Brief: Fostering the Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth

Introduction

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. At The Trevor Project, we are well aware of the many struggles endured by LGBTQ youth. Through our pivotal work in suicide prevention, we come face-to-face with the fact that millions of LGBTQ youth are at risk for suicide and other poor mental health outcomes.1 However, many LGBTQ youth show incredible resiliency,2 and there are numerous protective factors that may promote wellness for these youth. The existing research shows that there is enormous opportunity for LGBTQ youth to thrive. This brief provides a summary of existing research on resilience among LGBTQ youth and, in line with Trevor’s life-saving mission, suggests ways that individuals and groups can enhance protective factors to foster positive development for LGBTQ youth.

Understanding Resilience

Resilience involves the ability to overcome adversity and can be facilitated by the presence of protective factors that reduce the negative impact of challenges and risk factors. For LGBTQ youth, risk factors such as stigma, discrimination, victimization, and rejection may make them vulnerable to experiencing a range of outcomes such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.3 However, the presence of known protective factors can interact with risk factors to facilitate resilience. Resilience is not rare, and has been described as “ordinary magic,”4 as it arises from normal human adaptive abilities. Studies of resilience have consistently challenged negative assumptions about youth development, highlighting the ability of youth to thrive even in the face of adversity.4

Protective Factors in Action

Given the importance of protective factors in navigating through the challenging period of development from ages 13–24, we synthesize here some of the main research on significant protective factors for LGBTQ youth. Importantly, we also discuss what individuals and groups can do to foster increased resilience among LGBTQ youth.

Protective factor Research synthesis Actions and impact
Social support Social support is one of the most important factors for LGBTQ youth well-being.5 Support from parents and family,6–8 teachers,9 and friends and classmates10 are all influential in LGBTQ mental well-being. Moreover, having relationships with others who share in the lived experience of being LGBTQ provides an opportunity for youth to feel less alone. Building relationships with LGBTQ adults and peers, and also non-LGBTQ allies, increases resiliency among LGBTQ youth.11 LGBTQ youth who are particularly resilient actively seek and cultivate these relationships.11 Friends, classmates, parents, family members, teachers, doctors, mental health professionals, and others can actively provide resources and emotional support for LGBTQ youth. In many situations, youth may not reach out directly. Through the recognition of potential hardships, identifying their individuals needs, and offering relevant support, LGBTQ youth lives can be saved.

Youth who reported high levels of family acceptance were 2/3 less likely to report suicide ideation and suicide attempts compared to those with low family acceptance.7

Role models Access to LGBTQ or LGBTQ-supportive role models improves mental well-being among LGBTQ youth. Positive portrayals of LGBTQ people in the media help to reduce feelings of social isolation and invisibility. For example, research has found that portrayals of LGBTQ characters in popular media evoke hope and foster positive attitudes among LGBTQ youth.12 Additionally, LGBTQ politicians and comic book characters have been cited as positively influencing LGBTQ identity formation.13 Further, as the climate around sports participation among LGBTQ youth is becoming increasingly more inclusive,14 coaches of sports teams may also serve as positive role models to help youth navigate their sexuality and provide support.15 The entertainment industry and youth- serving organizations, as well as LGBTQ and allied adults, can increase LGBTQ youth access to role models. Executives, writers, and other creators of media can do more to ensure that diverse LGBTQ experiences are represented. Particularly, positive portrayals of LGBTQ youth who are doing well are needed. Organizations can create mentorship programs that pair LGBTQ youth with LGBTQ or allied adults. LGBTQ individuals can also volunteer at local youth centers or with youth-oriented programming at LGBT Centers. Even without formal mentoring programs, LGBTQ individuals and allies can be there for younger LGBTQ people at work, within family settings, and even on social media by being visible.
Environment Supportive environments positively impact the mental well-being of LGBTQ youth. Positive school climates have been found to improve mental health outcomes.10,16 Specifically, LGBTQ youth who attend schools with anti-bullying policies inclusive of specific protections for LGBTQ youth,10 who can use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity,17 and who can use their chosen name,18 report better mental health outcomes. Furthermore, LGBTQ youth attending schools with a Gender and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) showed lower psychological distress and more favorable school experiences.19 LGB youth residing in more supportive regional environments, including increased proportions of same-sex couples within the region, were found to have a 20% reduced risk of suicide compared to unsupportive environments.20 A stable and supportive home environment can also prevent homelesness in LGBTQ youth.21 A supportive environment can be facilitated by anyone. School officials can support youth in the creation of GSAs, the establishment of all-gender bathrooms, and the implementation of comprehensive anti-bullying policies. Anyone can join efforts by showing public support for policies that protect LGBTQ individuals and rejection of those that do not. While there have been many LGBTQ issues addressed in local-, state- and federal-level policies in recent years, discriminatory policies remain and new legislation continues to be introduced that can harm LGBTQ youth.

Transgender youth who were able to use their chosen name at either home, school, work, or with friends had a 56% decrease in suicidal behavior.18

Coping LGBTQ youth can also take actions to support their mental well-being. One mechanism is when youth carefully assess their personal, social, psychological, and financial safety in all contexts and use this information to make an informed decision about coming out as LGBTQ or not.11 LGBTQ youth also develop individual coping mechanisms. For example, although rejection and victimization may happen, LGBTQ youth often find ways to shape their future through personal decisions, such as staying or leaving home or exploring their gender expression in ways that feel safe to them.11 Finally, coping strategies, such as seeking out LGBTQ youth resources, are associated with,better mental health compared to other types of coping (e.g. imagining a better future).22 Anyone can support youth in their coping strategies. Individuals who work with youth, including educators, counselors, and health professionals, can make it clear that their office is a safe space for youth by perhaps displaying affirming posters and LGBT-friendly paraphernalia. It may also be useful to help LGBTQ youth explore positive coping skills such as seeking out LGBTQ resources, practicing mindfulness, and talking to supportive individuals in their life.

Almost 50% of LGBTQ youth selectively decide which parents and teachers and in what contexts they disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity.23

Looking Ahead

Future research should do more to acknowledge and identify positive factors in the lived experiences of LGBTQ youth in order to provide the knowledge necessary for improving their real-world outcomes. Currently, there is a dearth of studies that examine how LGBTQ youth experience life beyond their negative experiences. Research shows that LGBTQ youth are disproportionally impacted by poor mental health outcomes, yet many LGBTQ youth are resilient and thriving. By understanding not just what places LGBTQ youth at risk, but also what reduces their risk, we can better understand their experiences and support their mental health.

The Trevor Project is committed to leveraging our crisis services, peer support, advocacy, education, and research programs to better understand and foster resilience to support the mental health of LGBTQ youth. For example, our 24/7 TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat can provide youth with high quality support in moments of crisis, while our peer-support network TrevorSpace offers a supportive environment as well as role models. Our education and advocacy teams work to improve school and community environments for youth through targeted trainings and promotion of inclusive policies. And our research team will also be increasing our focus on understanding resilience among LGBTQ youth through initiatives such as our national surveys of LGBTQ youth.

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Advocate Julie Rodgers Shares Her Conversion Therapy Experience

By John Paul Brammer

“My mom made me quit softball so I wouldn’t be lesbian,” Julie Rodgers said over the phone. “You can kind of tell at a young age if a kid is some version of queer, and she was very concerned about gays and lesbians. Especially lesbian softball coaches in sweater vests.”

Julie is from a small town called Tomball just outside of Houston, Texas. She knew she was gay when she was 12, she said, something she figured her mother wouldn’t approve of. Julie was homeschooled until high school to keep her away from “the gays and evolution.” When she finally did come out to her mother on Valentine’s Day during her junior year, she said her mother broke down in tears.

“She told me, ‘We’re going to get through this together,’” Julie said. “The next week, she pulled me out of school early and said she had made an appointment with someone who could ‘help me.’”

That person was an executive director of an organization under the umbrella of Exodus International, a group that sought to subject LGBTQ people to conversion therapy, a dangerous and discredited practice that claims to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity through a variety of means.

The organization met at a church in Arlington, TX. There were around 150 people in the room when she arrived, Julie said, along with comfortable chairs and a white board. She met the executive director, who gave talks about the Bible and divided the group into men and women.

He told the two groups to review each other’s sexual activity that week with a rating scale of one to ten in an effort to hold each other accountable. “Ten was sex, six was watching porn, and masturbating was a three,” Julie said. “They would start with the highest numbers, and the leaders would try to help you find the root cause,” which stems from the discredited notion that a person’s life experiences or family history can somehow be the reason for someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Contact beyond the parameters of the meetings was forbidden. “We weren’t allowed to share our last names or contacts because they were worried we’d hook up,” Julie said. “There was major policing if there was contact outside the group, and you were supposed to report people who tried to.”

Previously at school, there were coaches and teachers Julie had come out to before going through conversion therapy, she said. These people had accepted her, particularly the assistant principal. But in her time with the conversion therapy organization, she said the executive director tried to blame the supportive, affirming assistant principal as the reason that Julie was in conversion therapy.

“They told me she targeted me and recruited me and that I wouldn’t be gay if it weren’t for her influence,” Julie said. “They were interpreting the data from my life that way, and that’s what they saw. They couldn’t see the compassion.”

According to studies by the UCLA Williams Institute, nearly 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to the horrors of conversion therapy, and an estimated 57,000 LGBTQ youth will experience this unprofessional conduct in coming years, often at the insistence of well-intentioned but misinformed parents or caretakers.

The American Psychiatric Association has clarified that “the potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient.” The Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization, concluded that conversion therapy, “lack[s] medical justification and represent[s] a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people.”

The Trevor Project is committed to working to end conversion therapy on minors through legislation, litigation and public education. It partners with mental health associations, youth organizations, LGBTQ groups, student clubs, faith communities and educational institutions in every state to promote the submission and passage of meaningful legislation.

Julie, who was involved with the conversion therapy organization for almost ten years, knows that for many people, efforts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity come from religious community figures rather than, or in addition to, licensed professionals. Despite this, she said she’s still a Christian, and she’s made it her work to reach out to LGBTQ young people of faith to let them know there’s nothing wrong with them.

She’s still waiting for her mom to come around, but she said her dad is in her life, and that she even took her wife to meet her 93-year-old grandmother, who was delighted. Just as important to Julie is her LGBTQ chosen family, people she knows she can rely on. She hopes to make sure LGBTQ youth feel they have someone looking out for them, too.

“I want all queer young people in faith communities to know they don’t have to choose between their faith and sexuality,” she said. “God delights in them exactly the way they are and there are tons of Christians who enthusiastically welcome queer people in their churches. I want them to know they’re not alone. They’re not a mistake. They’re a gift to this world.”


Maine Becomes 17th State to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

Augusta, ME — This morning Governor Janet Mills signed HP755, a bill to protect LGBTQ youth in Maine from the dangers of conversion therapy. The bill passed by an overwhelming majority for the second year in a row after Governor LePage vetoed the legislation last year. The Trevor Project and our allies applaud Governor Mills and the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who took a stand to protect young Mainers from this discredited practice.

“The legislature and Gov. Mills are sending a clear and meaningful message to our LGBTQ young people. You matter. You belong. And you are loved for who you are,” said Representative Ryan Fecteau, the prime sponsor of the bill. “Conversion therapy is irresponsible and harmful. I am so proud that Maine is standing tall to affirm that no young person needs to ‘fix’ what is not broken.”

“With this signature, Maine has become a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ youth, who will never again need fear being sent to a licensed professional for the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy,” said Matt Moonen, Executive Director of EqualityMaine. “We are grateful that Governor Mills, along with legislators in the House and Senate on both sides of the aisle, were able to come together to act to protect Maine’s youth.”

“The Trevor Project applauds the hard work of Representative Fecteau, EqualityMaine, and all of the advocates and lawmakers in Maine for their perseverance,” said Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. “After the disappointment of last year’s veto, they came back stronger and passed legislation to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. We will continue to push each and every day to insure that every state in the country follows Maine’s example and ends this cruel practice once and for all.”

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, is invested in ending conversion therapy in every state. A 2018 study found that the rate of attempted suicide by LGBTQ youth whose parents tried to change their sexual orientation was more than double the rate of LGBTQ youth who reported no such attempts. For LGBTQ young people who reported both home-based efforts to change their sexual orientation by parents and efforts by therapists or religious leaders, the rate was three times higher.

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign has partnered with the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, EqualityMaine, and GLAD, along with local advocates in support of these vital protections. People can sign up to join The Trevor Project’s effort to end conversion therapy by texting “TREVOR” to 40649.

Learn more about reporting on conversion therapy.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

MEDIA CONTACT

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
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[email protected]


Boyertown Decision is Good News for Transgender Youth

By John Paul Brammer

The Supreme Court declined to hear Doe v. Boyertown Area School District today, thus allowing transgender students to continue using restrooms that match their gender identity in schools that have policies protecting that right. It’s good news for trans youth everywhere who deserve to know that they are just as valid and worthy of respect as their cisgender peers.

The Boyertown Area School District first allowed trans students to use the restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender in 2016, but Boyertown was sued by a group represented by the anti-LGBT legal organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, for the affirming policy. ADF argued that the presence of trans students in these spaces was tantamount to sexual harassment.

This kind of attitude contributes to the stigma and discrimination trans students face across the nation. We at The Trevor Project know that trans youth face significantly increased rates of depression, suicidality, and victimization compared to their cisgender peers, with trans youth being roughly four times as likely to report feeling unsafe going to school within a 30-day period. The Court saw fit to let these policies, which are life-saving for vulnerable young people, stand.

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the notion that trans students threaten anyone with their mere presence in restrooms and locker rooms and noted that trans students being forced to use separate facilities would “publicly brand all transgender students with a scarlet ‘T,’ and they should not have to endure that as the price of attending their public school.”

This case demonstrates the power of LGBTQ youth. It was a coalition of LGBTQ youth leaders and organizations that intervened and made a passionate case to defend the trans students in Boyertown. At The Trevor Project, we see just how resilient LGBTQ youth are in the face of obstacles, and this is yet another reminder of the strength and fortitude our young people have when one group is being targeted.

Ria Tabacco Mar, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project, spoke about the meaning of the decision and why it’s worth applauding: “This is an enormous victory for transgender students across the country. Boyertown’s schools chose to be inclusive and welcoming of transgender students in 2016, a decision the courts have affirmed again and again. This lawsuit sought to reverse that hard-won progress by excluding transgender students from school facilities that other students use. That would have increased the stigma and discrimination that transgender students already face.”

Trans students of Boyertown, past and present, are also speaking on the decision. “By the time I graduated high school, I was using the boys’ bathroom and participating on the boys’ cross country team,” Boyertown alum Aidan DeStefano said in a statement. “I’m glad the Supreme Court is allowing schools like mine to continue supporting transgender students.”

At The Trevor Project, we know that trans youth are at increased risk for suicide attempts and and feelings of isolation not because there’s anything wrong with them, but because of the systemic discrimination they face. Any step toward a future where trans youth will feel more welcome and free to be themselves, no matter how small, is worth pointing out and holding up as an example. We hope you will join us in that mission.


Abercrombie & Fitch Partners with The Trevor Project for #FaceYourFierce Campaign

Campaign featuring LGBTQ activists in Support of Pride Month

New Albany, Ohio — Abercrombie & Fitch, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is proud to announce its latest initiative with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, as part of the retailer and nonprofit’s year-long partnership. In time for Pride month, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, an event that spurred the modern-day fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S, A&F will feature LGBTQ activists and ambassadors for The Trevor Project throughout its #FaceYourFierce campaign.

The #FaceYourFierce campaign, which originally debuted in February 2019 as part of the re-launch of A&F’s iconic fragrance, Fierce, highlights A&F associates, athletes, activists, actors, and more who “live fiercely” with courage, humility, love and empathy. The latest features Trevor ambassadors including: Content Creator and Activist Tyler Oakley, Actor Johnny Sibilly, Model Taylor Phillips, WNBA Star Stephanie Dobson, Out Magazine Editor Phillip Picardi, Producer Crystal Anderson, Model and Activist TJ, Musician Mena Sachdev, Digital Creator Kyle Kreiger and Professional Cheerleader Napoleon Jinnies*.

The campaign sees the cast share personal experiences of Fierceness, which aim to send messages of hope and support to LGBTQ youth in crisis. The content will be shared across both organizations’ digital channels, in Abercrombie stores and paid media throughout the month of June. A&F will donate a portion of proceeds of Fierce sales and its Pride Collection**, and customers have the opportunity to round up their purchase in U.S. stores and online through the month of June. The funds raised in this campaign hope to bring further awareness and reach to The Trevor Project’s work which aims to touch the lives of 80,000 youth in 2019, a significant increase on previous years.

“We are excited to share our #FaceYourFierce narrative through members of the LGBTQ community, ahead of this historic Pride month,” said Kristin Scott, President, Global Brands at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “We hope that these personal and inspiring stories will help bring further attention to The Trevor Project’s essential work.”

“When LGBTQ young people see diverse public figures like the Trevor ambassadors in the #FaceYourFierce campaign, they feel seen and know that they are not alone,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “That’s what we do every day at The Trevor Project, and we are grateful to Abercrombie & Fitch for their ongoing support of LGBTQ youth and our mission to save LGBTQ young lives.”

The partnership between A&F and The Trevor Project began in 2010. To date, A&F Co. and its customers have donated more than $600,000 to the nonprofit, with donations in 2018 funding its digital crisis counselors training, specifically. This partnership will continue throughout 2019 with a series of product collections and events, including participation in the New York City Pride March on June 30, 2019.

To learn more about The Trevor Project or to get help, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

*Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley), Actor Johnny Sibilly (@johnnysibilly), Model Taylor Phillips (@taylorjphillips), WNBA Star Stephanie Dobson (@bigmamastef), Out Magazine Editor Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi), Producer Crystal Anderson (@beerbottles_chainsaws), Model and Activist TJ (@renegades_), Musician Mena Sachdev (@ushamami), Digital Creator Kyle Kreiger (@kylekrieger) and Professional Cheerleader Napoleon Jinnies (@napoleonjinnies).
**up to $100,000

About The Trevor Project:

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

About Abercrombie & Fitch:

Abercrombie & Fitch is a specialty retailer of high-quality apparel and accessories for men and women. For more than 125 years, the iconic brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, it reflects the updated attitude of the modern consumer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates approximately 315 locations (includes abercrombie kids) worldwide as of the end of Q1 2019. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF). The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

To learn more about Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s charitable work, visit http://corporate.abercrombie.com/af-cares/af-gives-back/our-mission.

Media Contact:

Clare Drummond
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6300
[email protected]

Investor Contact:

Pam Quintiliano
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877
[email protected]


Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos As Well As EY to Be Honored at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE New York

Nicole Byer and Eugene Lee Yang to Co-Host the Organization’s Star-Studded Gala on June 17 in New York

New York — Today, The Trevor Project announced that talk show host, actress and producer Kelly Ripa and actor and producer Mark Consuelos will jointly be honored at the organization’s TrevorLIVE New York gala with the Champions Award for their continued allyship and commitment to supporting The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) young people. The organization will also honor EY with the 20/20 Visionary Award for the company’s work supporting LGBTQ inclusion around the world and creating a sense of belonging for all EY professionals. In addition, actress, comedian and writer Nicole Byer and actor, director and digital producer Eugene Lee Yang will co-host TrevorLIVE New York, the organization’s annual star-studded signature fundraiser, on Monday, June 17 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. As previously announced, actress, musician, and style icon Cara Delevingne will be honored with the 2019 Hero Award.

“We’re so excited to honor Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and EY at this year’s TrevorLIVE New York — they remain committed allies to the LGBTQ community at a time when LGBTQ youth need more support than ever, ensuring that they know they are beautiful and deserving of love for who they are,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Combined with this year’s creative and funny co-hosts, Nicole Byer and Eugene Lee Yang, this year’s TrevorLIVE New York 2019 will help to raise visibility and support for our life-saving work on behalf of LGBTQ young people.”

“The Trevor Project is a remarkable nonprofit we’ve been proud to support for nearly a decade,” said Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa. “Their work, now more than ever, is so incredibly important and we are honored to be proponents of an organization that provides immeasurable support and love to young members of the LGBTQ community.”

The 20/20 Visionary Award will be accepted by EY’s Vice Chair and East Region Managing Partner, Rich Jeanneret. Rich is the Executive Sponsor of EY’s Unity network who uses his platform as a forward-thinking business leader to advance inclusion, transgender equality and LGBTQ rights. Rich will be joined by his wife Lisa, son Henry, who is a member of the transgender community, other family members and EY colleagues. Together, the Jeanneret family, advocates to further transgender equality, to promote community and to support other parents of transgender young people.

Eugene Lee Yang, who previously hosted TrevorLIVE LA in 2018 when the evening raised over $1.5M, is one of today’s most prolific digital content producers and performers whose collective work has been viewed billions of times. This past year, he and his fellow cofounders of the unscripted comedy series The Try Guys created their own independent production company, 2nd Try, and their new YouTube channel amassed over 5 million subscribers in 6 months. Together, they hosted the 2018 Streamys where they won Show of the Year, wrote their debut book, The Hidden Power Of F*cking Up, launched their podcast The TryPod, and are embarking on a nationwide live tour – Legends Of The Internet – this summer. Yang is well-known for being a prevalent voice for Asian and LGBTQ representation in the digital space. He also recently made his acting debut, appearing in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and in the upcoming indie film Spring Bloom, with a number of more traditional projects in development. As one of YouTube’s most-watched personalities, Yang has pioneered a uniquely hilarious, unapologetically controversial, and intimately complex image of the modern Asian American and continues to incorporate strong themes influenced by his Korean, Southern, and queer backgrounds into his projects.

An actress, comedian and writer, Nicole Byer does it all. She hosts the baking show Nailed It currently streaming on Netflix and has a sitcom loosely based on her life streaming on Facebook Watch called Loosely Exactly Nicole. Byer also appears in the new Netflix animated series Tuca & Bertie alongside Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong and continues to host her popular weekly podcast Why Don’t You Date Me?. She recently starred on the Fox sketch show Party Over Here. Additional credits include: MTV’s Girl Code, 30 Rock, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, @MIDNIGHT, Adult Swim, Chelsea Lately, Transparent, and Lady Dynamite.  Nicole co-wrote and starred in the Pursuit of Sexiness which Variety named a “Web Series to Watch.” She was featured as a Time Out LA “Comic to Watch” in 2015, and Refinery29 says she’s a female comic to look out for. Nicole has also been featured in Cosmopolitan, Ladies Home Journal, Elle, and Ebony.

Previous TrevorLIVE honorees and performers include Ryan Murphy, Rita Ora, Deborah Cox, Lauren Jauregui, Lena Waithe, Greg Berlanti, Dominic Barton, Tom Ford, Kristin Chenoweth, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Shoshana Bean, Edie Windsor, Ingrid Nilsen, Tyler Oakley, Arianna Huffington, Sir Ian McKellen , Jazz Jennings, Queen Latifah, Amy Poehler, Darren Criss, Mary J. Blige, Cheyenne Jackson, and others.

Proud presenting sponsors of this year’s TrevorLIVE New York include Macy’s and McKinsey & Company. In addition, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will serve as the official hotel partner, and United Airlines as the official airline sponsor.

** A note to media: credentials are required to cover the TrevorLIVE New York gala. Apply by Monday, June 3.

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About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

TrevorLIVE is the signature annual fundraising event of The Trevor Project. This annual event brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving initiatives. Learn more about TrevorLIVE at http://ny.trevorlive.org

Press Contacts

Michael Samonte | Charlie Guadano | Andrea Higgins
Sunshine Sachs
212-691-2800
[email protected]

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
212.695.8650 x407
[email protected]


Children Will Listen: Today’s Historic Progress on The Equality Act

Today, the House of Representatives made history when it passed the first-ever Congressional vote on the Equality Act, a milestone vote for LGBTQ civil rights. The legislation would make reforms to the Civil Rights Act to include protections for LGBTQ Americans. Presently, it enjoys unprecedented support from nearly 70 percent of Americans, 236 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, and multiple faith, state, and national orgs.

While the Equality Act’s fate remains uncertain as it heads to the Senate, the enthusiastic support it has received is a powerful endorsement of a future where LGBTQ young people will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Echoing that sentiment is Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project.

“LGBTQ youth deserve every equal right and protection as their peers, no matter where in this great nation they live,” Brinton said in a statement. “Today’s passage of the Equality Act is a monumental step toward bringing about those equal rights and protections.”

As is the case whenever LGBTQ civil rights are up for deliberation, vulnerable youth are listening. The Trevor Project has made it their central mission to reach those young people where they are, serving over 68,000 young people in crisis in 2018 through calls, chat, and text. It estimates that each year, more than 1.5 million LGBTQ youth experience suicidal ideation and could benefit from its services.

Brinton noted in their letter of support sent to members of the House of Representatives prior to the vote that LGBTQ young people are “not prone to suicide because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; they are at higher risk for suicide attempts because of the harmful rhetoric and rejection they hear from their friends and families that can make them feel like their life is worth less than their straight or cisgender peers.”

As it stands, the United States’ civil rights laws do not explicitly outlaw anti-LGBTQ discrimination, though many courts have interpreted the laws prohibition of discrimination based on “sex” to require such protections. Systemic issues like discrimination in employment, education, credit, housing, and public accommodations are all examples of problems disproportionately facing the LGBTQ community, and being denied equal treatment can have severe negative consequences. That’s why the Equality Act, and support for it from across the political spectrum, are so important.

As the Equality Act continues to be debated, The Trevor Project stands at the ready with its 24-hour services to support LGBTQ youth. While incendiary rhetoric is sure to emerge in the debate over the Equality Act, it’s vital to remember that vulnerable young people are paying attention, and that words carry weight. Policymakers have the choice today to send them a message of encouragement, inclusion, and self-worth, or a message that contributes to a sense of isolation and fear. Either way, The Trevor Project will be here for LGBTQ youth who need to know that they are never alone.

“As we look toward the Senate and the eventual passage of landmark pieces of legislation like this, LGBTQ youth should know that the fight for their equality is moving swiftly forward toward a world where they will be free to be themselves,” Brinton concluded.


VidCon and the Trevor Project Join Forces to Elevate LGBTQ+ Voices at Tenth Annual VidCon US 2019

Lachlan Watson (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) Join VidCons attendees Hannah Hart, Miles McKenna, among others to celebrate LGBTQ+ community

LOS ANGELES, CA & NEW YORK, NY – VidCon, the world’s largest celebration of online video and digital creators, today announced a new partnership with

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. The partnership will further highlight and celebrate some of the world’s biggest digital talent and rising stars from the LGBTQ+ community during the tenth anniversary of VidCon US set for July 10–13, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

As part of the initiative, Trevor will curate programming within VidCon’s Community Track, focusing conversations around heartfelt experiences about coming out online and IRL; how discussing their own journeys have helped them heal and connect with their audiences; how to activate the community to further raise awareness and support for the LGBTQ+ community; and the fight against cyberbullying.

The Trevor Project will also welcome celebrity speakers, many of whom are attending VidCon US for the first time ever, including Lachlan Watson (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”). Talent will join the world’s most followed, LGBTQ+ identifying digital talent previously confirmed to attend VidCon US including Hannah Hart, Rickey Thompson, Miles McKenna, Elle Mills, Tre Melvin, Ricky Dillon, and more to support these discussions.

“VidCon’s top priority is to provide a safe environment, one with inclusive programming that reflects the online video industry’s diverse audience. As we mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and Pride celebrations around the world this summer, VidCon is thrilled to officially partner with The Trevor Project, whose important work promotes the well-being of our family, friends and fans in the LGBTQ+ community. We look forward to compelling and important conversations this year,” said Jim Louderback, General Manager of VidCon.

“We’re excited to partner with VidCon this year to curate inclusive, diverse programming so that LGBTQ young people can see themselves represented on a national stage,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “We’re grateful to VidCon for providing a platform for LGBTQ youth to connect with their favorite creators so they know they are seen, their experiences are valid, and that they’re never alone.”

The Trevor Project will also provide their followers a special discount on Community Track badges. Additionally, the organization will launch a special VidCon badge giveaway contest on social media – details will be announced at a later date.

Panels curated by The Trevor Project at VidCon US include:

    • Coming Out: Coming out, either on the internet or IRL, can be liberating, scary, overwhelming, exciting, stressful, and a thousand more adjectives. These creators will talk about their experiences being queer and online, what those experiences taught them, advice they have, and more. Confirmed talent includes Ash Hardell, Eugene Lee Yang, Rickey Thompson, Jessie Paege, Echo Gillette and Nikita Dragun.
    • LGBTQ+ Activism & Awareness: Creators who use their platforms to educate about and fight for LGBTQ+ issues talk about how their personal queer experiences inform their activism. Confirmed speakers include Lachlan Watson, Miles McKenna, Miles Jai, Calle y Poche, and AmbersCloset.
    • Fighting the Good Fight to Erase Cyberbullying: The internet is one of the best inventions of the last 100 years; it instantly opens up a world of possibilities that is both wonderful and terrifying. The fact that most users are allowed anonymity and for the most part are consequence-free has led to a rise in harassment and cyberbullying. This candid discussion will give you the tools to recognize and combat harassment to make your online community safer and more positive. Confirmed talent includes Michael Buckley, Ricky Dillon, Lauren Godwin, and Tre Melvin.

 

To learn more about The Trevor Project or to get help, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit VidCon.com

ABOUT VIDCON

VidCon US, VidCon AU and VidCon LDN are the world’s largest events for fans, creators, executives and brands who are passionate about online video and building diverse communities. Across the three events, VidCon will host more than 100,000 attendees, in aggregate, via a variety of live on-stage performances, panels, fireside chats, interactive experiences, fan and creator meet & greets, brand activations and more. VidCon’s flagship show, VidCon US, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2019. VidCon was founded by veteran YouTube creator Hank Green and was acquired by Viacom in 2018.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

MEDIA CONTACT

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646.576.7044
[email protected]

For VidCon
Metro Public Relations
[email protected]

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The Trevor Project is a Google AI Impact Grantee

AI to Aid in Suicide Prevention Efforts for LGBTQ Youth

New York City — Google announced today that The Trevor Project is one of 20 organizations that will share $25 million in grants from Google.org, credit and consulting from Google Cloud and coaching by Google’s AI experts as a grantee of the Google AI Impact Challenge. The Google AI Impact Challenge was an open call to nonprofits, social enterprises, and research institutions from around the world to submit their ideas to use AI to help address societal challenges. Over 2,600 organizations applied.

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth, will receive a $1.5M USD grant to incorporate machine learning and natural language processing into its crisis services, which save young LGBTQ lives by supporting them via phone, chat, and text. With Google’s help, The Trevor Project will be able to assess suicide risk level of youth in crisis more quickly, allowing counselors to better tailor their support and to provide relevant resources and consistent quality of care.

Next week, The Trevor Project’s John Callery, Director of Technology, Sam Dorison, Chief of Staff, and Dr. Amy Green, Director of Research will travel to San Francisco to dive into execution. For five days, all 20 organizations will join Google AI experts, Project Managers and the startup specialists from Google’s Launchpad Accelerator for a program that will last six months, from May to November 2019. Through the Launchpad program, each of the 20 grantees will develop their own OKRs — Objectives and Key Results — and set timelines for project completion. Each organization will be paired a Google expert who will meet with them regularly for coaching sessions, and will also have access to other Google resources and expert mentorship.

“The Trevor Project estimates that each year more than 1.5 million LGBTQ youth in the U.S. experience suicidal ideation or some form of crisis – and many of their moments of crisis are unique and extremely personal,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Our crisis counselors work tirelessly every day to support these LGBTQ youth. This support from Google will allow our counselors to leverage AI and leading-edge technology to identify highest risk youth faster and serve them with even higher quality of care.”

“At Google, we have seen how AI can help us accomplish daily tasks and travels, and we believe in its potential to help address some of the world’s biggest humanitarian challenges. We are excited to support The Trevor Project’s work to use AI to achieve even greater social impact,” said Jacquelline Fuller, President of Google.org.

The Trevor Project is dedicated to using the latest technological advancements to end suicide among LGBTQ youth. The organization recently announced technology enhancements to its crisis services platform, which now provides 24/7 text and chat counseling for LGBTQ youth in crisis. In addition, the platform now enables staff to use an innovative, multi-channel dashboard to further increase Trevor’s quality of care. The streamlined platform is the first of its kind in the nonprofit crisis services space, and its new API can easily connect to future social media platforms, allowing the organization to adapt as quickly as the digital landscape for Generation Z evolves.

“Vulnerable communities including LGBTQ youth deserve to be supported with the latest innovations in health technology,” said Sam Dorison, who serves as Chief of Staff at The Trevor Project and will oversee the organization’s work in artificial intelligence. “In the next few months, AI technology will become a cornerstone in The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention work and as we continue to address mental health among LGBTQ young people.”

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

ABOUT GOOGLE.ORG

Google.org, Google’s philanthropy, supports nonprofits that address humanitarian issues worldwide and apply radical, data-driven innovation to solving the world’s biggest challenges.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646.576.7044
[email protected]