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Andrew Mortensen, Biking Across the World for Trevor

Starting in 2020, Andrew Mortensen felt the gloom of COVID-19. Initially searching for a way to spend more time outdoors, he took the small step of biking between two national parks in the Pacific Northwest. Little did he know that his journey would eventually span 37 countries and over 27,000 miles, making him the first openly gay man to cycle around the globe, from North America to the tip of South America, from Spain to Singapore. Along the way, Andrew fundraised over $19,000 for The Trevor Project and wore an orange Trevor t-Shirt to spread the message of hope that…
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Celebrating International Asexuality Day

As we celebrate International Asexuality Day during this first week of April, this is a great time to support those in our lives who are asexual and try to better understand what asexuality is. First and foremost, it’s important to recognize that asexual folks have been nearly erased from conversations around identity and sexuality. This week is about affirming their existence, validity, and experiences.  Asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a lack of sexual attraction to others. This differs from aromanticism, a romantic orientation that describes people who do not experience romantic attraction. However, it’s important to remember that…
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#TransatTrevor Community Stories for Trans Day of Visibility

At The Trevor Project, we may be an all-remote workforce, but we understand the importance of building community. Our affinity groups allow for members of our teams with similar experiences and identities to share stories, find support, and forge solidarity. We asked some of the members of our #TransatTrevor channel what Trans Day of Visibility meant to them; we’re reminded that for Trevor staff, our mission is personal. Many of us are just LGBTQ+ young people who grew up and are here because we are trying to build the brighter future for the next generation that we ourselves dreamed of…
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Women’s History is Trans History

Women’s History Month is meant to commemorate women’s vital contributions to society, and while we know a lot about the Suffragettes and Title IX, people like Sojourner Truth and Billie Jean King, trans women have been historically left out of the month-long recognition. Advancements in rights for the entire LGBTQ+ community can be traced back to the tireless efforts and creative resistance of trans women. Because of the double forces of transphobia and misogyny, fundamental rights many take for granted, like housing, employment, medical care, and social support, remain difficult to attain for trans women and transfeminine people. LGBTQ+ history…
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Chicago’s Citypill, Where Queer Goes Without Saying

Chicago’s DIY music scene is as exciting and dynamic as the people who live here — every weekend offers opportunities to see punk shows, DJ sets, avant-garde noise, performance art, rappers, jazz and blues bands, and more, and more. And even though Chicago has so much to offer, if you don’t branch out, it can appear like the dominating force is punk bands lead by white cis guys. No shade to those punk bands (I love many of them!), but I spent my adolescence in the DIY punk scene. After many years, the same chord progressions can get monotonous. And…
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Train the Trainer: New Educational Program for LGBTQ+ Allies

When inclusive spaces come under attack by lawmakers across the country, the need for education grows greater. When adults are given the proper tools and training, they transform into supportive allies, which can make all the difference in defending against those attacks.  At The Trevor Project, our Education team helps adults (educators, coaches, community leaders and more) understand the needs of LGBTQ+ young people. We equip them with the knowledge they need to affirm, uplift, and advocate for those young people. We empower people to become the best allies they can be — especially important considering the impact supportive adults…
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Valentine’s Day and the Power of Affirmation

Many of us may think of the obligatory V-Day dinners with a romantic partner and exchanging candy at work and school, but we don’t often think about affirming love during the holiday. During the first week of February, The Trevor Project invited ten incredible LGBTQ+ young people on set in Pasadena to capture their stories for our 2024 Pride campaign. Members of the content team had the opportunity to film with, talk with, and laugh with these trailblazing young people hailing from Albany to Jacksonville, Milwaukee to Nashville, Philadelphia to San Diego. Directing the interviews for our social room, I…
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Against the Erasure of Black Queer History

American history of resistance is a history of Black LGBTQ+ people. Advancements in civil rights and greater visibility of the LGBTQ+ community overall can be attributed to the efforts of Black LGBTQ+ folks; so much of what is popular and beloved in music, fashion, culture, and even language is because of the innovations and traditions of the Black queer diaspora. All of this is born out of the need to survive oppressive and violent conditions, distinguish themselves from their white LGBTQ+ counterparts who often enjoyed greater privilege. When there are efforts to censor Black queer history in classrooms, to prevent…
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Join Our 45 Mile Outdoor Challenge

More than 1.8 million LGBTQ+ young people are estimated to seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. — at least one attempts suicide every 45 seconds. This sobering statistic motivates us at The Trevor Project, and our entire community of support, to rally around LGBTQ+ young people and challenge ourselves to do better for them. We’ve had massive success together in our Facebook fundraising efforts — join us for another this March! We invite you (our community of allies and supporters) to join the 45 Mile Outdoor Challenge. We’ll be moving outdoors (ie. hiking, rolling, walking, etc.) in an…
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How The Trevor Project is Advocating for LGBTQ+ Young People During the 2024 Legislative Season

An interview with Janson Wu (he/him), Sr. Director, State Advocacy & Government Written by Ryan Bernsten (he/him), Senior Managing Editor RYAN: Let’s start really high-level. Why is the 2024 legislative season so important? JANSON: We've already seen close to 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced already in 2024. Last year we saw a record-breaking 600+ anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced, and 82 of those passed into law. This year, we're seeing our opponents double down on the breadth and cruelty of their attacks. Where we saw gender-affirming care bans targeting youth last year, we're now seeing restrictions for adult care. Where we once saw…