Annual Report FY2014
In fiscal year 2014, Trevor joined cities nationwide to celebrate diversity and share resources with the LGBTQ youth community. Our volunteers took the country by storm: marching, planning, tabling, and letting LGBTQ young people know they matter!
FY14 Pride festivals included:
DC Youth Pride – Long Beach Trans Pride – DC Trans Pride – Long Beach Pride – NYC Queens Pride – LA Dyke March – Fresno, CA Pride – Los Angeles Pride – D.C. Pride – Salt Lake City, UT Pride – North New Jersey Pride – NYC Brooklyn Pride – LA Trans Pride – San Francisco Pride – New York City Pride – NYC Staten Island Pride – San Diego Pride – Oakland Pride – Atlanta Pride – Bakersfield Pride
SPOTLIGHT ON UTAH PRIDE
In Salt Lake City, Utah, Goldman Sachs & Co. organized a group of over 30 volunteers to walk in the Pride Parade and set-up a festival booth on behalf of The Trevor Project. Every time the parade announcers mentioned The Trevor Project, the crowd erupted in enthusiastic cheers.
“Multiple people walking with us said that they became emotional during the parade because they realized they were doing something to positively impact young people’s lives,” said Kacey Kalian of Goldman. “We also had local folks who signed up to get involved with Trevor. We look forward to continuing this work in Utah!”
Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) isn’t just a group of young LGBTQ and ally leaders; they are The Trevor Project’s link to the youth we serve. On March 7, 2014 our newest YAC members came together in Los Angeles with the help of the Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel; Toyota Financial Services; and Orbitz. These youth, spanning in age from 16 to 24, flew in from all over the country to meet each other, learn about suicide prevention, explore how to tell their story and more.
State of Out Youth
Members of The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council joined an inspiring panel of LGBTQ and ally youth during the first annual “State of Out Youth: A Town Hall” on October 8, 2013 in New York. Hosted by Cyndi Lauper and created by The New York Times GLBT & Allies Network, the event focused on the most pressing issues facing the young community today.
Panelist and YAC member Alyx Steadman reflected on the forum, saying: “I felt extremely honored to speak alongside such passionate and knowledgeable youth advocates… No two LGBT people share the same story, so it’s important to recognize the diversity of experiences and how each struggle can be overcome differently to create positive change and optimism for the future.”
NextGen New York: Faith Panel
On September 10, 2013, Trevor NextGen New York hosted “LGBTQ Youth & Faith: A Multi-Dimensional Conversation,” where Christian, Mormon, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist panelists came together to talk about LGBTQ topics like marriage equality, trans* experiences, and more. “It’s important for us to recognize positive role models like our panelists, and let youth know that you can be religious and LGB, T or Q, and still be loved and embraced,” said the chair of NextGen’s Programming Committee, Elliot Epstein. “We’re excited to plan more events like this in the future.”
ASK FOR HELP
In October 2013, The Trevor Project launched a new microsite featuring “Ask for Help,” our latest PSA campaign that promotes the idea that it’s ok to ask for help when you need it. Featuring first-person accounts of youth reaching out to friends, teachers, parents, and counselors, Ask for Help reduces the stigma surrounding help-seeking behavior and directly refers youth to The Trevor Project’s life-affirming services. More information, including posters, videos, and more, can be found at www.OktoAsk.org.
TALK TO ME
For the third year, Trevor shared a crucial message during National Suicide Prevention Month: “Talk to Me.” This campaign for conversation spread awareness of how three simple words can help save a life. Online, thousands of people took the Talk to Me pledge, advocated for laws that support LGBTQ youth, and vowed to bring the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop DVD training to their schools and youth groups nationwide.
LOVE IS CHANGING HISTORY
During LGBT History Month, The Trevor Project teamed up with AT&T for the “Love is Changing History” project. The campaign featured films that viewers could watch and share, such as “Jenny” – a story about a girl looking for a prom date – and “Tale of Two Dads.” Every time someone shared the films, which were co-directed by Pauley Perrette of NCIS, and Lance Bass, AT&T would donate $1 to The Trevor Project. Donations could also be received when someone shared their own story about love, coming out, and more.