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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…
George M. Johnson
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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.…
Ana Alexander
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[email protected] Spotlight: Ana Alexander

At The Trevor Project, we create intentional spaces, called Affinity Groups, that allow members of Team Trevor to connect with each other around their different intersectional identities. Over the next few months, we’ll feature member spotlights from across Trevor’s Affinity Groups. This month, we’re proud to spotlight Recruiter and [email protected] member Ana Alexander (she/her). As one of The Trevor Project’s pioneering Affinity Groups, [email protected] 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. Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?  "Create Your…
Myeshia Price
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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…
Preston Mitchum
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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

The Trevor Project is proud to hold intentional space specifically for Black individuals in our staff to foster collective care and joy. [email protected], 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 [email protected], on the limitlessness of Black joy. Introduce yourself and describe your role at The Trevor Project and your involvement with [email protected]  I'm a Product Manager on the Technology team at The…