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Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

By: Tia Dole, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Operations Officer, The Trevor Project Over the last several days, The Trevor Project has been supporting Black LGBTQ youth in crisis expressing a wide range of emotions over the senseless and unjust violence against Black Americans. No matter where you’re located, it’s possible that these current events are impacting your mental health in ways you might not realize. Black LGBTQ young people hold multiple marginalized identities. Under the minority stress model, experiences of discrimination, rejection, threats, and violence are compounded, and can lead to negative mental health outcomes. In addition, we know from our research that…
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U.S. Senate Approves 988 Number for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Trevor Project applauds the U.S. Senate 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 requiring a ten-digit number. The Trevor Project has been working closely with the Federal Communications Commission to shorten the Lifeline number to three digits and expand specialized services to best serve high-risk populations like LGBTQ young people. Statement from Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project: “In a time of crisis, we need to know who to call.…
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Advocacy

Fighting for Trans Youth in Florida and Beyond

The Trevor Project is working closely with LGBTQ organizations and activists across the country in opposing an onslaught of new bills aimed at criminalizing medically necessary care for transgender youth. You can learn more about why denying best-practice, gender-affirming care would put lives at risk by reading this op-ed by Trevor’s Medical Director, Dr. Alexis Chavez. Most recently, Trevor’s advocacy team was proud to support Equality Florida in opposing HB 1365 at a House Health Quality Subcommittee on Monday, February 3rd. With this bill, extremist politicians were threatening doctors with up to 15 years in prison for affirming trans youth in…
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South Dakota Lawmakers Propose Medical Care Ban Harmful to Transgender Youth

South Dakota legislators recently proposed HB 1057, a bill that would criminalize medical care for any transgender patient under the age of 18, even when such care is deemed medically necessary and has the consent of the patient’s parents. The proposed legislation goes against medical care best practices for transgender youth, which are backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading medical authorities.