For 25 years, The Trevor Project has been providing community and support for LGBTQ young people who need it.
We’ve come a long way over the past 25 years; in 1994, a short film called Trevor was released, telling the fictional story of a 13-year-old gay boy who grapples with bullying, family rejection, and suicidal thoughts. The film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, but the creators soon discovered there was no real place for LGBTQ young people experiencing similar struggles to call for support. The Trevor Project was officially founded on March 25, 1998.
And how far we’ve come! Since 1994, Trevor has been here for the ups and downs of LGBTQ rights and acceptance. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we reflect on the progress that has been made and reaffirm our mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. We’ve made an enormous impact, but our work is not yet done. We’ve evolved with the times and grown to be more than a crisis services organization. We’ve expanded our scope to provide community, advocacy, education, and affirming content. As the challenges facing LGBTQ young people have changed, we as an organization have expanded our methods of providing affirmation and support. Whether this means creating TrevorSpace, the largest online community for LGBTQ young people, creating affirming documentary content to educate others, or expanding our team to Mexico, we have been tenacious in our mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people.
As we embark on our 25th year of providing a life-saving service to hundreds of thousands of youth, I am filled with incredible pride and so much gratitude for all of those who have been involved and are involved in the work we do,” says Gina Muñoz (pronouns she/her/hers), Special Assistant to the Interim CEO. “While so much has changed in recent months, our devotion and service to our youth remains strong and steadfast. This is truly a selfless group and I know we will continue to provide this support for another 25 years and beyond.”
One of our greatest accomplishments is the community we’ve built over the past 25 years. From volunteers, donors, partners, spokespeople, employees, and the young people we’ve served, those who have been a part of Trevor’s journey have been crucial to helping us get to this 25-year milestone. Involvement with Trevor is an act of love that ensures every young person can feel supported.
We thank everyone who has been a part of our journey so far for being committed to ensuring that LGBTQ young people always have a community that lifts them up and supports them — your fingerprints are all over this milestone.
But the work is far from over. We’ve been here for one generation of LGBTQ young people. Let’s reaffirm our mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people as we resolve to be there for the next.