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Liz Dyer Wants Every LGBTQ Person To Have A Mama Bear

Having just one person in your life who loves you for who you are and affirms your identity can be life-changing. The Trevor Project research found that, for LGBTQ youth in the last year, having at least one accepting adult in their life reduced their risk of suicide by 40%. Mama Bears is working to connect all LGBTQ young people to those supporting adults who are willing and able to be there for them and celebrate them. Mama Bears step in and celebrate LGBTQ youth and individuals who may not have support in their lives and families through care packages,…
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A.C. Fowlkes Is Carving Out A Safe Space For Everyone

Content Warning: This story explores suicide loss. 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. A.C. Fowlkes — licensed clinical psychologist, contributor to Forbes.com, CEO of Fowlkes Consulting, and the first trans man board member at The Trevor Project — says creating safe spaces for people is his life’s work. As CEO of a global consulting firm, Fowlkes focuses on LGBTQ sensitivity and transgender inclusion in the workplace, carving out a path for his community. “There’s so much conversation around work/life balance, and what is largely ignored in…
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Celebrating Transgender Day Of Visibility With Black And Trans @ Trevor

International Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrated on March 31, is an annual day dedicated to celebrating trans people, their contributions to history and culture, the vibrant intersections of gender with other held identities, and speaking out against the ongoing prevalence of anti-trans discrimination. To our trans and nonbinary community across the nation and the world: we love you, we are here for you, and you are beautiful, incredible, and indispensable. Join us in celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility with two members of The Trevor Project affinity groups Black@Trevor and Trans@Trevor, Jesse Medina and Marcus Sanders, as they reflect upon the…
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In Defense Of Saying Gay/Trans

Last week, we saw the passage of HB 1557, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay/Trans” bill, by the Florida state Senate. This bill will ban classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, and appears to threaten LGBTQ support in schools and includes vague parental notification requirements which could effectively “out” students to their families without their consent. This bill, which has passed at every level of the Florida state legislature, now awaits the governor’s final decision before being signed into law. The potential impact of the passage of “Don’t Say Gay/Trans” on the health and happiness…
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George M. Johnson Is Writing The Roadmap For Black LGBTQ Representation

Amidst a wave of book bans sweeping the nation, George M. Johnson (they/them), award-winning author of the New York Times Bestselling 2020 young adult memoir “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” is ready to fight against everybody trying to silence Black queer writers.  It was in September of last year when George first heard their memoir was being banned in a county in Kansas City, MO. Initially, they laughed about it. Within four weeks, their memoir was being contested in schools and libraries in eight states, and as of now, the number has risen to 19.  George’s laughter then turned to action.…
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Senior Research Scientist Myeshia Price On The Data Behind Black Queer Intersectionality

I am Myeshia Price, (she/they), a senior research scientist at The Trevor Project. I am a parent, I am Black, and I am queer. Drawing from an intersectional perspective, a person’s social location — or position in society based on a collection of social demographics such as race, class, sexual orientation, etc. — provides unique experiences for people with multiple identities that are marginalized in that society. Together, these various identities shape a person’s lived experiences. As such, being a Black queer person comes with so very many intersections of strengths to pull from, and sources of joy, but can…
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Black Queerness Is Magic

Content Warning: This story explores suicide loss and attempts. 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. I am Preston Mitchum (he/him), an LGBTQ Attorney, Advocate, and Activist hailing from Dayton, Ohio and living and learning in the nation’s capital. I’m The Trevor Project’s Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs and the co-chair of our Black@Trevor Affinity Group.  I come to Trevor with a decade of advocacy and government affairs experience on a number of domestic and global civil rights and liberties issue areas, including abortion access, comprehensive…
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“Black Joy Is Limitless”: Meet Kendra Gaunt, Product Manager And Co-Chair Of Black@Trevor

The Trevor Project is proud to hold intentional space specifically for Black individuals in our staff to foster collective care and joy. Black@Trevor, one of The Trevor Project’s pioneer Affinity Groups, “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.” Hear from Kendra Gaunt (she/her), Product Manager and Co-Chair of Black@Trevor, on the limitlessness of Black joy. Introduce yourself and describe your role at The Trevor Project and your involvement with Black@Trevor.  I'm a Product Manager on the Technology team at The…
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Black LGBTQ Heroes You Should Know

As part of The Trevor Project’s enduring commitment to centering Black LGBTQ stories all year round, we are highlighting Black LGBTQ people who have lead the way in history, those who fought and continue fighting for racial justice and equity for all LGBTQ individuals. These are just some of the trailblazing individuals whose stories continue to inspire and galvanize us in our mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. Audre Lorde Photo by K. KendallLicense Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Audre Lorde (1934-1992), self-identified “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” was a pioneer in the world of literature and one of…
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Follow Sue Through Their First Week At The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is getting ready for an exciting 2022: we recently welcomed 24 new team members, the largest new hire cohort in the organization’s history. Among them is myself, Sue Cardenas-Soto (they/them), and I am bringing a love for writing, a devotion to the LGBTQ community, and my personal identities as a non-binary, queer, MexiCuban to The Trevor Project as a Copywriter.  My first week at The Trevor Project was nothing if not exhilarating. I was stunned not only by the urgent need for LGBTQ-specific crisis services (42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year)…