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Meet Tyler

“Being here with The Trevor Project is such a full circle moment for me, you know, people and an organization that helped save my life.” - Tyler (he/him) Growing up in a conservative, church-going household in West Virginia,Tyler found meaning in his family and his church. When Tyler started to come to terms with his gay identity, he started to become isolated from his community. Tyler reached out to The Trevor Project, where he found support and encouragement from counselors. Encouraged by his mom’s unwavering love, Tyler came out to his community and became an advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, eventually…
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Meet Carmen

“At the beginning of the school year, my guidance counselor reached out to me and asked me if I wanted her to get workplace training on trans identities. And initially I was hesitant. But they did have the workplace training, and I came across some of my former teachers and they expressed support for me. I went back to school my senior year, in person, and I had this fear of being misgendered or dead-named. And none of the teachers did.”  - Carmen (she/her) As a kid, Carmen found joy in her mom’s closet; she enjoyed dressing up in her…
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Meet Parker

“Pride in action means I have a chance to make a dent in this world. And even if it means I can change the world for just one person and make one kid's life better, it means the world to me.” - Parker (they/them) Growing up in Wisconsin, Parker had to come out twice: first as bisexual, then as nonbinary. They found that knowledge from resources like The Trevor Project was power, and so Parker wanted to use their expertise in user experience to make a difference for other LGBTQ+ young people as well. Parker developed Q Guide, an LGBTQ+…
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Meet Alexis

“The change I'm just hoping to see in the world is equality and equity… I think that we should all show for the trans community in allyship and honor each other because we're better in community, and anything against us is against all of us.” - Alexis (she/her), Deputy Director for The Queer Trans Project Alexis was fortunate to have a mom who would always have open and affirming conversations about her sexuality. This openness taught her what allyship looked like. So when Alexis met a girl she couldn’t stop thinking about, she felt safe knowing that her family was…
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Meet Julia and Holly

“To me, Pride in Action means being a role model to other people around the community and around the country. To be able to show them that you can start small, you can start anywhere. That one action can make ripples that you didn't even know were possible until you try.” - Julia (she/they) Growing up in the South, Julia didn’t always see representation for people like her. After her best friend came out in middle school, Julia began exploring her sexuality and using she/they pronouns. Julia learned the importance of leadership, eventually becoming president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at…
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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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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…
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New Report Reveals Alarming Prevalence of Conversion Therapy, With Over 1,300 Active Practitioners Across the U.S.

Nearly half of the identified practitioners (46%) hold active professional licenses as mental health providers December 12, 2023 — The Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, released a new report today which sheds light on the alarming and extensive presence of practitioners of so-called conversion “therapy” across the U.S. Conversion “therapy” refers to a range of dangerous, discredited, and unscientific practices that attempt to change one’s LGBTQ+ identity. The report, It’s Still Happening, is the culmination of rigorous and systematic research that began in 2018 by researchers at The Trevor Project, who…
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A Conversation With Daniel Quasar on Pride Flags, LGBTQ+ History, and Mental Health

Written by Sue Cardenas-Soto (they/them), Copywriter Daniel Quasar (they/ze) calls themselves an “accidental designer,” but they’re definitely one who has made an impact on LGBTQ+ history. Quasar designed the Progress Pride flag in 2018, an updated design that incorporated Monica Helm’s Trans Pride flag, the traditional Gilbert Baker Pride flag, and elements of Philadelphia and Seattle’s Pride flags. The trans flag stripes and black and brown stripes were shifted to the hoist and given a chevron shape, pointing to the right to symbolize forward movement. SUE: Can you tell me about the process of designing the flag? QUASAR: I was…
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Making LGBTQ+ History Happen

This LGBTQ+ History Month, we’re remembering past trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Harvey Milk, and more, but we’re also looking forward to making more history. In a time of increased hostility toward LGBTQ+ people, and with anti-LGBTQ+ legislation still on the rise, the need for liberation is now. And when it comes to LGBTQ+ young people, their mental health is paying the price: 71% of LGBTQ+ youth — including 86% of trans and nonbinary youth — say state laws restricting the rights of LGBTQ+ young people have negatively impacted their mental health. They deserve to see a…