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Be the One with Donor Mikki Brooke

BY: Ryan Bernsten
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Our donors show us how to be the one every single day – their support is a crucial part of our community and their life-saving gifts make our work possible. Whether big or small, every donation helps us build a world where LGBTQ+ young people see a bright future for themselves. Millions of LGBTQ+ young people consider suicide each year, many without access to mental health resources. Last year, The Trevor Project served over half a million contacts and gave them a safe space through our intervention services. You can be the one by making a life-saving donation and ensure someone is there for LGBTQ+ young people when they reach out, day or night. 

We’re excited to share this short interview with one of our donors.

Mikki Brooke (any/they) is a creative and event manager living openly as a non-binary, queer creator online. They seek to inspire others to live foolishly and wonderfully – to be yourself, have fun, and let your mistakes help you grow. They can be found under the name “mikfoolery” on Twitch and most social media platforms.

Why do you think it’s important for an organization like The Trevor Project to exist?

The internet is becoming, more and more, the place where people connect and find community. The Trevor Project makes it easier than ever for young LGBTQ+ youth to find resources, support, and information.

What is your personal story that brought you to Trevor?

I first found The Trevor Project as a teenager and immediately upon knowing there were resources for questioning youth, I felt more valid and vindicated in my identity.

Have you or anyone in your life found The Trevor Project helpful in some way?

I have multiple friends with me today that might not be if it hadn’t been for the support of The Trevor Project.

What are some words of affirmation you would share with LGBTQ young people?

YOU being YOU is the best gift you can give to the world – and you’re the only one who can.

How do you explain Trevor’s work to other people? Have you been able to convince other people to get involved with Trevor?

The Trevor Project provides affirming resources for young LGBTQ+ and questioning youth, as well as those in their support system that are seeking ways to educate themselves. Their 24/7 lifeline for queer youth is an incredibly valuable resource that has saved many young lives.

Trevor is a supportive community for LGBTQ young people, but also for each other. Talk about how Trevor has helped you find community.

I always know I’ll feel safe walking up to say hi to anyone who works for or fundraises for The Trevor Project.

At least one supportive adult can lower the risk of suicide for LGBTQ young people. How do you show up for LGBTQ young people in your community?

I represent myself openly and honestly and sincerely try to inspire others to do the same.

How have you seen Trevor grow over the past years? What are you most excited for in the future? I’ve loved seeing The Trevor Project’s online presence grow and keep up with social media (including with a new Twitch channel). I think TTP has a powerful online presence.

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