On the Vibrancy of Bisexuality and the Queer Umbrella
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On The Vibrancy Of Bisexuality And The Queer Umbrella

Bisexual people comprise 75% of youth who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual according to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. That much seems to be true, at least among my group of friends here in Chicago, one in which strictly “straight” individuals are the minority. That much also seems to be true in my own family — 66% of my mom’s sibling’s children hold identities under the queer umbrella. For our purposes, we can simply define “bisexual” using Robyn Ochs’ terms: the potential to be attracted — romantically and/or sexually — to people of more than one gender. We…
Monika Mejia
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[email protected] Spotlight: Monika Mejia

At The Trevor Project, we create intentional spaces, called Affinity Groups, that allow members of Team Trevor to connect with each other around their different intersectional identities. Over the next few months, we’ll feature member spotlights from across Trevor’s Affinity Groups. This month, we’re proud to spotlight Training Coordinator and [email protected] member Monika Mejia (she/her). As one of The Trevor Project’s pioneering Affinity Groups, [email protected] leads with a mission to create spaces and resources for employees who identify within the Black Diaspora (and their allies) to connect, grow relationships, and build community. Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?  I…
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The Trevor Project Is Advocating For LGBTQ Affirming Schools

Whether through legislation, litigation, or public education at the federal, state, and local levels, The Trevor Project is a leading advocate for LGBTQ young people’s mental health and wellbeing across the country. Trevor Project Advocacy Campaign Manager Gabby Doyle (she/her) is focused particularly on advocating for LGBTQ students, young people at risk of finding themselves in unsafe, phobic environments. I came to The Trevor Project after serving as State Partnerships Manager at SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, advocating for comprehensive sex education policies across the country. Now, I work with The Trevor Project on suicide prevention policies in schools.…
LGBTQ Students Deserve Safe Schools
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LGBTQ Students Deserve Safe Schools

For many, school can act as a safe, affirming space for young people who don’t have accepting home environments. For others, especially LGBTQ students and those with marginalized identities, school can be a place that is unwelcoming, unsafe, and lacking allies. At its best, school should be a place where every student can thrive, comforted knowing they are accepted for exactly who they are. I remember very clearly the feelings of anxiety I had anticipating homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and racism at school — things that stifled the education of me and my peers. Hostility is the last thing students need.…
Nty R. Diakite
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[email protected] Spotlight: Nty R. Diakite

At The Trevor Project, we create intentional spaces, called Affinity Groups, that allow members of Team Trevor to connect with each other around their different intersectional identities. Over the next few months, we’ll feature member spotlights from across Trevor’s Affinity Groups. This month, we’re proud to spotlight Crisis Services Senior Digital Supervisor and [email protected] member Nty R. Diakite (she/her). As one of The Trevor Project’s pioneering Affinity Groups, [email protected] leads with a mission to create spaces and resources for employees who identify within the Black Diaspora (and their allies) to connect, grow relationships, and build community. Best piece of advice you’ve…
Supporting LGBTQ Young people in the Classroom and Beyond with Keygan Miller
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Supporting LGBTQ Young People In The Classroom And Beyond

It’s almost time for students to go back to school, which can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming for some. Especially in a political climate where LGBTQ identities are under attack by federal and state legislatures, LGBTQ young people could be going back to a hostile or unsafe environment this fall — the opposite of what a school should be. Keygan Miller (they/them), Public Training Manager at The Trevor Project, has a unique perspective as a former educator on what LGBTQ young folks need from their teachers. After serving as a youth educator, I came to The Trevor Project with a…