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Lincoln Becomes First City in NE to Protect LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

Today,  the City Council of Lincoln, Nebraska passed an ordinance that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from subjecting LGBTQ youth to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. With this 5 to 1 vote, the capital city of Lincoln becomes the first in the state to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy. “The Trevor Project is delighted to see the great capital city of Lincoln become the first city in Nebraska to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. We know from our research that this so-called ‘therapy’ has only ever worked to produce negative mental health outcomes and…
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The Trevor Project Applauds Global Faith Leaders for Coming Out Against Conversion Therapy

Statement from Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project: “It is incredible to see hundreds of religious leaders from all different backgrounds and denominations join together and come out against the discredited practice of conversion therapy. We hope this bold effort will send a message to LGBTQ youth in diverse communities of faith that they are deserving of love and respect and should be proud of exactly who they are.“The evidence is clear — conversion therapy has only ever proven to produce negative mental health outcomes and increase suicide risk. We must all come…
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Advocacy

988 Officially Becomes Law!

On October 17th, The Trevor Project celebrated the official signing of The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which will allow Americans to simply dial ‘988’ to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, instead of the current ten-digit number (800-273-8255), starting in July 2022. Passed by the Senate in May and the House of Representatives in September, this is the first bill that is specifically LGBTQ-inclusive to pass Congress unanimously in history. “The Trevor Project is thrilled to see the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act — the first explicitly LGBTQ-inclusive bill to ever pass Congress unanimously — officially signed into law. We will continue…
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U.S. House Approves 988 Number for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Today — The Trevor Project commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which when implemented will allow Americans to simply dial ‘988’ to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, instead of the current ten-digit number. Passed by the Senate in May and now the House, this is the first bill that is specifically LGBTQ-inclusive to pass Congress unanimously in history. The FCC formally approved a two-year phase-in plan for the new 988 number on July 16th. The passage of this bill was a necessary, concurrent step as it authorizes the funding mechanisms needed for 988 to be…
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Louisville, KY Protects LGBTQ Youth from Conversion Therapy

Today, September 17th, the City of Louisville passed an ordinance that prohibits licensed medical professionals from subjecting LGBTQ youth to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. With this 24 to 1 vote, Louisville becomes the second and largest city in Kentucky to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy — an action that could positively impact the potential of passing statewide legislation in the future. “The Trevor Project is thrilled to see the largest city in Kentucky take action to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. Based on our research, this discredited practice is strongly associated with…
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Anchorage Becomes First City in Alaska to Protect LGBTQ Youth From Conversion Therapy

Yesterday, August 26th, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance that prohibits licensed medical professionals from subjecting minors to conversion therapy, becoming the first city in Alaska to do so. With this victory, Alaska also becomes the 40th state to take action against conversion therapy — only 10 states have not introduced similar legislation or enacted any protections at the state or municipal level. The Trevor Project is proud to have worked with Anchorage Assembly Members Felix Rivera and Christopher Constant to support this ordinance.  “The Trevor Project applauds the Anchorage Assembly for taking this historic action to end conversion therapy…
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The Trevor Project Joins Lambda Legal & Over Two Dozen LGBTQ Organizations on Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS to Protect LGBTQ Foster Youth and Parents

Oral argument for Fulton v. City of Philadelphia is scheduled for November 4, 2020. Statement from Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project: “As the largest suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth, we know how vital family support is to mental health and wellness. According to The Trevor Project’s 2020 national survey, LGBTQ youth who reported high levels of social support from family and friends were significantly less likely to attempt suicide compared to those with lower levels of social support. It is unconscionable that any foster care agency would deny a child a…
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FCC Unanimously Approves 2-Year Phase-In of 988

The Trevor Project applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s unanimous decision today to designate 988 as the new three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This FCC order requires that, within two years, all phone service providers will route 988 calls to the Lifeline, an important step to increasing accessibility for suicide prevention and crisis intervention services and addressing the disproportionate impact of suicide on LGBTQ youth and other at-risk groups. Statement from Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project: “The Trevor Project is thrilled that the FCC continues to…
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FCC Unanimously Approves 2-Year Phase-In of 988

The Trevor Project applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s unanimous decision today to designate 988 as the new three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This FCC order requires that, within two years, all phone service providers will route 988 calls to the Lifeline, an important step to increasing accessibility for suicide prevention and crisis intervention services and addressing the disproportionate impact of suicide on LGBTQ youth and other at-risk groups. Statement from Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project: “The Trevor Project is thrilled that the FCC continues to…