The holidays can be a difficult time. Going home can mean feeling out of place, overwhelmed, or simply not seen. For many LGBTQ young people, these feelings happen year-round. We never want young people to forget that even if they’re not in affirming environments, there are so many people out there who love and support them. We asked supporters of the Trevor Project to submit words of encouragement for young people to hear and return to when they need it. If you’re having a tough day, we hope these words can lift you up.
I know sometimes it may feel dark and lonely, like you can’t breathe and you’ll simply suffocate. I know everyone always says “it will get better” and it will, but some days it will feel like it could never. You are loved. And you are a precious person on this earth of ours. There will never be another you. It will get better. You’ll find your family, even if you’re in a situation where it’s not the one you grew up with. You’ll never be alone, all of us are with you. It will get better and ultimately, you will find happiness and joy. Don’t give up, but know there are people who will help you when you stumble. We’re in this together. And you’ll never have to walk alone.
As the parent of a young adult, I recognize the pressure and turbulence that comes with finding yourself and your identity. My hope for you is to know how amazing and wonderful you are! You are a unique person with inherent worth and value just by existing. Thank you for being you, and I wish you love and blessings on your journey!
I want you to know, really know, that your presence, your energy, is needed in this time and space. You are the Light in this world. Shine brightly, never give up until you find your safe space, your tribe, your joy. Thank you for coming and blessing the earth and the heavens with your beautiful Light. Namaste, Dear Ones 🙏💗
Together we will find the love and support necessary to rise above the pain or push through it. I love you, I see you, I support you.
Create the family you want to have.
You are beautiful and perfect just the way you are.
You can and will get through to the other side happier and more fulfilled than ever! We love you! Never forget that you have an entire global community of people who genuinely care for you and your well-being.
Know that you are loved and supported, even by those of us who have not met you personally. We are rooting for your happiness and look forward to the contributions that you will make to all kinds of people. It is the differences between us that give life richness. This is sent to you with love.
I am 63 and God has placed on my heart a deep love and concern for the LGBTQIA+ community. Having dealt with major depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies for years, I can relate to that aspect of life very well. I am still growing in my knowledge and understanding of this often injured and abandoned group of God’s children. I love you, I support you and I want the very best for you. Please reach out to this wonderful organization, especially when you are struggling.
I love your courage, your optimism, and your belief in yourself. You’ve done more thinking about who you are and how you fit into this world than most of us over our entire lifetimes. I see you!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Mom of a cool Gen Z trans kid
Be strong and believe in yourself. You are a valued human being that deserves love and respect no matter who you are and how you identify. Seek support and help if you feel despondent; don’t sit with your sadness alone. There are many people who want to help you. You are not alone in your feelings. Many have experienced the feelings you have. We love you and you are beautiful just as you are!!
You are strong, fabulous, a miracle of creation. And so, so, loved ❤️
You are beautiful just the way you are. No matter if you are gay, bi, trans, queer, nonbinary, God made you with this exact sexuality and identity. You are so loved!!
Your life is precious. ❤️ For every lone critic, there are thousands who see you as the beautiful light that you are. Shine bright, shiny star. ❤️
You are loved and supported. Don’t ever feel ashamed to be yourself and know that you are enough.
Even if it feels now like you live in a completely heteronormative world, it won’t feel like this for ever. Keep going, YOU GOT THIS.
Please know that there are so many of us moms out there sending you love. Hang on, find your people, live authentically. It gets better!!! ♥️♥️♥️
Even if you don’t have support now, you will find a chosen family that loves you for who you are. Things will get better.
Because I’ve been there. I’ve spent years scared to be me due to the beliefs of my family…because the first time I came out they told me “there’s a camp for that” And I sadly went right back and denied my true identity. I didn’t think I was worth it, I thought about doing some permanent solutions to temporary problems. Once I found my way I realized there are so many wonderful people, a community right behind me. They helped remind me I was worth it. The Trevor Project exemplifies that providing services and that safe place that I didn’t have to a new generation. Just creating messages like this and sparking hope, that makes me proud to be in the LGBTQ community.
So proud of you for knowing who you are. It doesn’t seem like it in the world we are living in, but there is so much love and respect for you and LGBTQ community.
You are not alone. It gets easier. It is livable. You are proof that there is good in the world. You are the best possible version of yourself. You are human; you are loved; you are precious. There is pride to be had in being who you are. Do not be ashamed to be true to your heart.
Whatever you are struggling with right now, it will be better soon. It’s like chapters in a book, once one chapter is over, a new chapter starts.
You are loved in the grand scheme of things by people who you don’t even know exist but who want the best for you and want nothing more than for you to be happy and THRIVE! Continue to be the amazing You that you were always meant to be!
Babies! You are never alone! Even though it can feel that way at times depending on your circumstances…it’s not true. You have a strong and powerful and resilient community to lean on. Elders that have paved the way and support your every step as our future generation. We love you. We are here with you. And you truly are never alone. 🙏🏾💜
I had a close friend that worked in the social services field and had openly shown love and support for LGBTQ people. I thought I could trust her so she was the first person I told about my thoughts that I was gay. She asked if I was joking and completely rubbed it off as if it was insulting to the community I brought it up. I was in complete disbelief and didn’t know what to say. I continued to hold my feelings in because I no longer knew who I could trust. The fear lasted for years until I finally met someone that was much more open and supportive. I gave coming out another try and this time the response was accepting and loving. I just wanted to share that you may not receive the support from the person/people you want or expect, but know that support is out there so don’t ever be discouraged or hide who you are. Keep being yourself and you’ll find the people that will love you.
You are beautiful inside and out! Each and everyone of you! Be proud of who you are, fight for what you want and know that there will always be more love than hate. Love, peace and happiness to all.
Sometimes being your truest self seems to conflict against the expectations of others. A very important thing to remember is that you are loved by friends, family, and sometimes even people you don’t know very well. Be yourself and love how you were born to, because no one can place expectations upon your feelings other than you. Claim your identity and rejoice in your independence.
You are loved, valued, and supported by so many! Don’t forget that Kindness exists in this world, and it is often found in the quieter moments in life. Kindness loves company, so lean on the kind people in your life and you will surely see, feel, and hear more of it 💙💛
Every person is lovable and deserves to be loved. Being your authentic self can be hard, but there are people out there who will cheer you on and support you. You deserve to thrive, not just survive.
All the love from this LGBTQ+ family to you. 🌈 🏳️⚧️❤️
You are loved no matter what! You are supported no matter what! You are you and that is beautiful!!
I’m a trans man who is in master’s social work school. I am committed to helping the LGBTQIA+ youth through counseling, advocacy, and change. Hang in there! A new generation of adults are coming to make the world a more inclusive and safe place.
Even if your own family doesn’t accept you, there are people on your side. Find that teacher who will help you until you can be on your own and be who you are. We’re waiting for you to come to our door even if we can’t reach out to you.
You are beautifully made and matter 💜
I am a non-binary queer teen. I need you to know that people love you, we love you, and I love you. trust that there are a lot more nice people out there than unaccepting ones! not everyone is out to hurt you
As an adult trans man (demiboy), it’s important to me that LGBTQ+ youth know that not only is there a future for them, but that it can absolutely be bright and wonderful and full of love. There is always hope, and there are always going to be people out there who will live who you are and who you’re growing into.
I am a proud Mom of a non binary 18-year-old. I still struggle with pronouns but I’m getting much better. I wasn’t surprised when they told me about wanting to change their pronouns. I was so proud of their bravery. You deserve a support system that is proud of YOUR hard work too. It might take awhile, but we’re here. Remember, this is YOUR life and YOUR journey. You don’t need to please anyone but yourself! Make it exactly as wonderful and unique as you are!
I think you’re amazing and I will always be out here fighting for you! I will never give up and I will never be silent. You have my word. Keep being you, and I will keep using my voice, so that yours can be heard too. ❤️
I am the proud mom to a terrific 23 year old son (f-m) who is the world to me. I have also unofficially fostered a few of his friends over the years and I am also very proud of each of them.
I may not know you but just know that I am proud of each of you for every day you feel free to be you,whether it be bit by bit or all at once.
You got this!!! There are always people out there who will love you for the real you, always people who will care. it gets a whole lot better, bit by bit, and everyone is here to support you through it!
Don’t let them break your souls. This life is short. Shorter than we realize. Please don’t waste it trying to hide who you are or change who you are. I know this is easier said than done, but as a mother and a lesbian, I am urging you to be so authentically you that no one can take it away. Don’t worry about what anyone says: you’re the only one who lives in your head and lives with your decisions. The rest of that disapproval? It’s just noise. Keep shining.
“You’re here for a reason. If you think you’re not
I would just say that perhaps you forgot…
a piece of the world that is precious and dear
would surely be missing if you weren’t here.””
So many people in the world think that your unique self is incredible. Keep being authentically you, we need your shining light!
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