What the Equality Act Could Mean for LGBTQ Young People
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What The Equality Act Could Mean For LGBTQ Young People

This Pride month, a time meant for celebration and community, is admittedly fraught with many imposing threats. LGBTQ young people already face a variety of barriers to joy and self-actualization, and encountering hateful rhetoric and legislation across the country negatively affects their safety and mental health. The Trevor Project is part of the movement to protect LGBTQ young people from these threats — just one of the ways we do this is through our advocacy work, which addresses factors that marginalize LGBTQ young people at the federal, state, and local level. Preston Mitchum (he/him), Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs…
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Professional Development Manager Briana Edwards On The Meaning Of Pride

Content Warning: This story explores anti-trans violence. For support, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Get-Help, or by texting START to 678-678. Pride is no simple celebration; LGBTQ pride is a complex concept that means something different to everyone, shape-shifting to reflect a person’s unique lived experiences. The month of Pride, June, also holds another significant holiday: Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, the celebration of the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. Briana Edwards (she/her), Professional Development Manager at The Trevor Project, finds this particular intersection of celebrations provides her a moment to celebrate her past, present,…
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[email protected] Spotlight: Kyleigh Jandro

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 Kyleigh Jandro (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?  Be…
Stories of Pride: Leah Curtis
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Stories Of Pride From Trevor Project Volunteer Digital Counselor Leah Curtis

Content Warning: This story explores addiction. For support, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Get-Help, or by textingSTART to 678-678. My name is Leah (she/they) and I am one of the many amazing humans that young people speak with when they need support via chat and text: a volunteer Digital Counselor. I amcurrently in school studying Gender, Women, and Sexuality and working diligently to better myself. I was 15 years old when I first began struggling with drug use, the same year I came out to my parents as gay. When I looked around, I…
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Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month With Trevor Project Data Analyst Samir Durrani

The Trevor Project is celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May) by honoring the vast diversity and vibrancy of the LGBTQ AAPI diaspora. In honor of this month, we are creating space for our Data Analyst Samir Durrani سمیر دراني to speak on his experiences, the intersections of his identities, and his work at Trevor. Do you have any reflections on the recent Trevor Project report on the mental health of AAPI LGBTQ young people? 60% of AAPI youth reported they wanted mental healthcare, but did not receive it. In this way, AAPI young people are underserved. Access to…
Love, Loss and Britney Spears with Chris Stedman
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Writer Chris Stedman On Love, Loss, and Britney Spears

Content Warning: This story explores loss by suicide. For support, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Get-Help, or by texting START to 678-678. Chris Stedman, writer, professor, and host of the podcast “Unread,” is intimately familiar with the culture of shame and silence surrounding the subject of suicide. After losing his friend Alex to suicide in 2019, Chris began to wrestle deeply with all sorts of questions: how to support people he loves; what factors contributed to his friend’s death; and why so many LGBTQ people struggle with mental health. His podcast “Unread” is a…