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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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Learn from LGBTQ Young People with Episode 2 of “Sharing Space”

Following the first episode of our educational series “Sharing Space” moderated by longtime Trevor supporter Daniel Radcliffe, we’re proud to launch our second episode featuring one of Trevor’s own: Nova Bright-Williams, our Head of Internal Training, Learning, and Development, speaking to LGBTQ+ young people about how we can best show up for them. This second episode of “Sharing Space'' features transgender, intersex, queer, and nonbinary young people who join Bright to talk about their experiences with gender euphoria, stigma, and acceptance. These candid conversations have the power to teach allies and LGBTQ+ people alike about the power of affirmation.  “I…
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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…
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Coming Out Stories from Our Community

For Coming Out Day, we asked our community and LGBTQ young people about their coming out stories. What they shared proves that coming out is different from person to person, and that no matter what, everyone deserves to come out how and if they want. Share your coming out story: When I first came out to my mom, she said "omg me too!" and the same thing happened with my best friend. I wrote a letter to my mom and left to go to my friend's house, and told her to call me once she read it :) I just…
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Allies Help Make LGBTQ History Happen

Ask any LGBTQ person, or any person for that matter, about the impact of an affirming adult on their life, and you will likely get more than a name. You’ll get a story. In a Trevor Project meeting last week, we did exactly that. We went around and shared the impact of allies in our lives when we were young. Some of the answers made us laugh and some moved us close to tears. Everyone at Trevor vividly recounted someone — a parent, a coach, a friend’s parent (and a disproportionate amount of English, drama, and art teachers) — whose support…
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The Value of Queer Latinx Joy

Written by Sue Cardenas-Soto (they/them), Copywriter National Latinx Heritage Month isn’t just a time to celebrate the histories and accomplishments of Latinx people — it’s also about learning about their struggles, their joys, and breaking down the barriers they face.  I can’t write about this without naming where my family is from, which intimately informs who I am. My dad is from and lives in Mexico City. My mom’s parents were Cuban refugees and missionaries who traveled across Latin America (Ecuador, Venezuela, El Salvador) before coming to the United States. My abuelo was a near-perfect archetype of a Cuban patriarch:…
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Allyship In The Classroom With Selina Peña

For Selina Peña (she/they), queer Chicanx educator and content creator, school has always been a refuge. She teaches at the very high school she graduated from, a school that provided a safe haven from her home environment. “Growing up in a bordertown, I took on various roles, including translator and caretaker,” Selina explained. “Now, as a queer Latina high school teacher in south Texas, I'm committed to fostering an inclusive and empowering classroom. I am aware of the value of representation in school and how it affects students' sense of identity and self-worth. I work hard to make sure my…