The Trevor Project Competes to Win the Brackets For Good Championship!

The Trevor Project is honored to be selected by AT&T to participate in an online competition called “Brackets for Good” which works very similarly to how NCAA basketball teams advance through the March Madness tournament.  With all the stress that the world is serving us right now, The Trevor Project sees this as an excellent way to put our energy into creating positive change by supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

The way the Trevor Project wins Brackets for Good is by advancing through the brackets based on donations.  Every dollar donated equals a point for Trevor.  You can help Trevor advance by putting your points on the board! Every dollar you donate moves us closer to our goal. Get in the game and help us win!

The first round of the tournament has already ended and we’ve made it to the next bracket!  With your help we can advance to the next round and even go as far as winning the championship and a $100,000 grant from AT&T. A grant of this size would help us provide additional days each week of TrevorText and TrevorChat, our free, confidential and secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text or chat with a highly-trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention.

Share this with other sports fans who understand the power of giving, or with anyone who believes that LGBTQ young people deserve help when and how they need it and to know that they are not alone. You can also share this competition via your social media:

Want to support LGBTQ+ youth? Donate to our @BracketsForGood campaign to help @TrevorProject  win the championship!


Ingrid Michaelson​ Supports The Trevor Project with #UseYourHeart Tees

The Trevor Project is thrilled that singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is using her creative talents to support crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs and services for LGBTQ youth by designing and selling a t-shirt with proceeds coming back to the organization. Ingrid says, “I, like many others, have been deeply affected by the divisiveness in this country, which appears to be magnified more so now than ever. I wanted to do something to help bring people together, but I didn’t know what. A few friends suggested designing a tee and donating the profits to an organization that protects people who may feel threatened in this present climate. So that’s what I did. I feel like we can all agree that this is an important time to use your heart.”

So far, Ingrid has sold more than 1,000 shirts and she sent the shirt to a number of her friends, a few of whom we are sure you’ll recognize.  Check out this one minute video to see who is using their heart and supporting Trevor.  Ingrid sells this “Use Your Heart” shirt via her website – get yours today!

Once your “Use Your Heart” Tee arrives, tag photos of yourself wearing the shirt using #UseYourHeartTee and @UseYourHeartTee @TrevorProject on Instagram and Twitter to show your support.


The Trevor Project Responds to Gavin Grimm’s Supreme Court Case

The Trevor Project is disappointed to learn of the Supreme Court’s decision to send transgender student Gavin Grimm’s case back to the lower appeals court.  We, like many others, hoped this Title IX question would be settled once and for all and that no other transgender youth would have to engage in psychologically taxing litigation and scrutiny.  We remain optimistic that the appeals court will again uphold their initial ruling that Title IX protects transgender students.

Steve Mendelsohn, the Interim Executive Director of The Trevor Project said, “Not being allowed to use the restroom or locker room consistent with one’s gender identity can cause significant psychological and social distress. In fact, research has shown a high correlation between transgender young people being denied the right to use the appropriate bathroom and suicidality.  We are hopeful that the lower court will support their earlier decision which will contribute to the well-being of trans youth and reduce the likelihood of poor mental health outcomes in these populations.”

We #StandWithGavin.


Trevor Project is a Founding Nonprofit Partner of Revlon’s Love Project 2017

The Trevor project is thrilled to be an original nonprofit founding partner of Revlon’s Love Project 2017.  The campaign is based on the view that love is the foundation for a happier, more beautiful world.

The campaign previewed this week with a 30-second teaser video, featuring “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, and was posted exclusively on the singer’s social channels. This video will be followed by a commercial spot starring Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres, that will air during The 89th Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, February 26th.  The commercial will initiate a call-to-action to help spread more love in the world, inviting anyone who is inspired by love to visit theloveproject2017.com and create custom, shareable content that symbolizes what love means to them with the hashtag #Lovein3Words.  At the Trevor Project, our “love in three words” is #SavingYoungLives.

People can join the Love Project movement by visiting www.theloveproject2017.com to create their custom #Lovein3Words to post on their social channels, make a donation to Trevor and inspire others to join in, donate, and help spread the love. As the campaign unfolds, supporters will learn more ways in which they can choose love and inspire others to do the same.

“The Love Project is the beginning of a social movement which aims to inspire more love, acceptance, and caring in the world,” said Carlos Barreto, Revlon Senior Vice President Marketing. “At the heart of this campaign is the belief that all people are beautiful and that love can create a better world.”

“The Trevor Project is incredibly grateful to Revlon, Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, and most especially to our long-time supporter Ellen DeGeneres for pushing forward a movement of love and kindness, which is so vital to the positive mental health of our LGBTQ young people,” said Trevor Project interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn. “The expanded awareness of our services via the Love Project campaign to such wide audiences, including both LGBTQ youth and the countless people who care about them, will be instrumental in helping the Trevor Project save young LGBTQ lives and be there for them every day whenever and however they need us.”

The Trevor Project is thrilled that the campaign debuts during the Oscars, as the organization was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR.

ABOUT
The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.  The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our highly-trained Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org


The Trevor Project Joins 127 organizations Urging Passage of the End Racial and Religious Profiling

The Trevor Project joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the 126 undersigned organizations, urging legislators to cosponsor S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA). Passage of this bill is needed to put an end to racial and religious profiling by law enforcement officials and to ensure that individuals are not prejudicially stopped, investigated, arrested, or detained based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Policies primarily designed to impact certain groups are ineffective and often result in the destruction of civil liberties for everyone.

View this letter online here.


The Trevor Project Joins 300+ Civil & Human Rights Organizations in Opposing Confirmation of Gorsuch

Today, the Trevor Project joined more than 300 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in sending a letter in opposition of the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  Sent by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein outlining concerns that Judge Gorsuch would tip the balance of the Court in a direction that would undermine many of our core rights and legal protections.  Specifically surrounding LGBTQ issues: “in his 2005 National Review article Judge Gorsuch expressed disdain for those seeking to use the courts to enforce their rights under the law, and he specifically criticized LGBT Americans who have relied on federal courts in their quest for equality. The rationale he employed in the Hobby Lobby case – a license to discriminate for private corporations – has also been used by several states to justify discrimination against LGBT Americans. And his skepticism about LGBT claims is also demonstrated in a 2015 case, Druley v. Patton, where he voted to reject a claim by a transgender woman incarcerated in Oklahoma who alleged that her constitutional rights were violated when she was denied medically necessary hormone treatment and the right to wear feminine clothing. Other federal courts have reached the opposite conclusion in such cases.”

The full letter with footnotes sent to Mr. Grassley and Ms. Feinstein can be found here. http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2017/oppose-gorsuch.html


The Trevor Project Renews Accreditation with The American Association of Suicidology

The Trevor Project, including The Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, and TrevorText has been re-accredited and is continuing to operate within the standards established by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).  AAS has been accrediting crisis intervention programs since 1976 in the United States, Canada and recently internationally.  The Trevor Project has been accredited since 2008, and the current reaccreditation cycle certifies us for another 5 years!

The American Association of Suicidology accreditation process strives to recognize exemplary crisis programs, and to help other programs refine their services according to these standards.  According to the AAS Organization Accreditation Standards Manual, programs seeking accreditation must offer crisis intervention services either as a primary focus or as a principle component of their service.  A good portion of the AAS Accreditation process is modeled on the Program Analysis of Service Systems (PASS) developed by Wolf Wolfensberger.   Crisis services are varied in their style of delivery, the community needs which they address, and their overall focus.  The AAS Accreditation Standards recognize and applaud this diversity.

AAS accreditation is important because it assures the minimum standards of service for persons in crisis:
– It validates service delivery programs that are performing according to nationally recognized standards
– The examiners offer consultation tailored to the needs of the individual program, its staff and board
– Accredited centers are given access to view crisis centers’ best practices on the AAS website
– It offers increased visibility and credibility, providing opportunities for modeling of program excellence to other organizations and professionals
– It provides additional credibility with funding agencies and opportunities
– It provides access to vital criteria for systematic, ongoing self-evaluation
– People who reach out to an accredited organization (The Trevor Project) are assured that staff has seriously examined their commitment to provide service according to nationally recognized standards

The 2016 site examiner stated that they were impressed with the level of commitment from The Trevor Project Management Team.  “It is admirable that the administrative team is focusing on achievable metrics and responsible growth.  I also appreciated the understanding the administrative team showed that all work done at The Trevor Project is suicide prevention work, even when the client does not specifically mention suicide.  The Trevor Project provides a necessary and vital service to users nationwide.  It is efficient, well managed and dedicated to its mission and vision.”

We are honored to be the only nationally accredited suicide lifeline for LGBTQ youth, and look forward to 5 more years of supporting our community.  If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.


TrevorText Expands Availability!

On February 1st, The Trevor Project expanded TrevorText by adding an additional day of services from 3PM-9PM EST on Wednesdays.  TrevorText, originally a pilot program with limited hours once a week, will now be available three days a week during after school hours for LGBTQ youth who need us.

The Trevor Project has been providing support for almost two decades on the Trevor Lifeline, the only nationally accredited suicide lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386.  As the youth we serve have become increasingly mobile, in 2013 we piloted our chat service, TrevorChat, three days a week, and began one day a week of TrevorText.  TrevorChat has since expanded to be available 7 days a week, every day of the year, from 3PM-9PM EST.  TrevorChat is available online, and is a great option for youth who feel more comfortable chatting online than talking on the phone.

The expanding hours of TrevorText allows The Trevor Project to be mobile friendly, which is important for youth who may not have access to a computer or who have more privacy from their mobile device. “It makes it even easier for youth to reach a counselor whenever and wherever they need to,” notes Brock Dumville, MPH, the Senior Crisis Services Manager at The Trevor Project.  Being able to meet our youth on the devices that are easiest for them to access allows us to save even more young LGBTQ+ lives.

“Now more than ever, we need to focus on helping youth to find us when and where they need us.  Given the current political climate, it’s important for us to provide more tools for youth to reach us when they are in crisis,” notes our Vice President of Programs, David W. Bond, LCSW, B.C.E.T.S.  “Since the election The Trevor Project has experienced record call volume, and providing support to LGBTQ+ youth is especially critical now.”

The outpouring of support in the wake of the election has us hopeful that we’ll be able to expand our services further in 2017.  If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, TrevorChat.org is available 3-9 pm EST 7 days a week, or you can text the word “START” to 678678 Wed-Fri 3-9 pm EST. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.


Trevor Project joins 251 Civil Rights Orgs in Opposing DeVos as Ed Sec

January 30, 2017

Oppose Confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

Dear Senator,

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 251 organizations listed below, we urge you to oppose the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to be the next U.S. Secretary of Education. All parents and students in this country – a majority of whom are of color or are low-incomei – want the best education, support and dignity for their own children. We stand with them and cannot support a nominee who has demonstrated that she seeks to undermine bedrock American principles of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and public education itself.

The Secretary of Education’s role as an enforcer of education and civil rights lawsii is central to advancing our shared vision of an inclusive and diverse system of high-quality public education that enables every student to live up to their potential. DeVos has demonstrated no previous commitment to ensuring equal educational opportunity in schools. Moreover, in her hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on January 17, 2017, she failed to demonstrate that she is capable of and committed to enforcing the law – as is required of the agency’s chief executive.

Betsy DeVos’ deference to state flexibility, even with regard to compliance with federal civil rights laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); her claim that demonstrating support for Title IX enforcement guidance would be “premature;” and her lack of support for accountability for all schools receiving federal funds only serve to reinforce our conclusion that her inadequate previous experience and missing record of support for students’ civil rights make her unfit to serve as Secretary of Education.

When compared with Secretaries of Education throughout the history of the department, DeVos’ lack of experience stands out. She has never been an educator or worked directly with children and families in public schools. She has never led a school, district or state agency tasked with educating students. She has never been a public school parent or a public school student. This lack of experience makes her uniquely unfamiliar with the challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s students, families, educators and schools.

The U.S. Department of Education is responsible for implementing and enforcing laws protecting students from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex and disability and those laws that provide for educational opportunity from early childhood through graduate school. The person responsible for leading that department must absolutely be committed to enforcing federal laws on behalf of every single student in this country – without regard to LGBTQI status, family income, race, ethnicity, home language, gender, religion, disability or immigration status. Our nation’s Constitution, economy, future and children deserve no less.

Sincerely,

The Trevor Project

For the full letter and 250 other organizations, visit: http://www.civilrights.org/advocacy/letters/2017/oppose-confirmation-of-betsy.html


Welcome Series-Part 4

Learn about our Education and Prevention Programs

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about The Trevor Project as much as we’ve enjoyed sharing our work with you. In our last email in this welcome series we would like to tell you more about our education programs.

Trevor’s education programs provide life-affirming and life-saving resources for LGBTQ young people. Trevor Education provides a number of supportive, youth-focused resources including the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop and Trevor’s adult training programs. We are continuing to expand our education and outreach initiatives in order to create safe, inclusive spaces for LGBTQ youth, in education and community centers across the country, like “Sandy,” a 16-year-old bisexual female from Maryland:

“My math teacher was the first adult I came out to. She noticed something was bothering me and asked about it after class one day. I told her I was bisexual and just broke down crying. She hasn’t taught me for two years but she still teaches me so much about embracing my identity and loving myself every single day. I don’t know what I’d do without her and I’m so grateful for her continued help.”

Lifeguard Workshop
Launched in February 2016, is an online educational resource that helps teachers, mental health professionals, social workers, administrators, PTAs, GSAs, and faith groups share lifesaving programs with youth in their communities.

This resource, shows youth they are not alone and it is brave to ask for help. Based on The Trevor Project’s in-person workshop, which is listed in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention, we’ve designed The Lifeguard Workshop to include a video, Safer Spaces Guide, and empathy building lessons for middle school and high school aged youth. The Lifeguard Workshop teaches youth how to identify the challenges faced by LGBTQ people, recognize the warning signs of suicide, and respond to someone who may be in crisis. Classroom posters and other educational resources that can be ordered online.

Adult Trainings
Trevor CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, and Empower) and Trevor Ally are training programs for youth-serving adults.The trainings provide an overview of LGBTQ youth culture and an opportunity to discuss the different environmental stressors that contribute to LGBTQ youth’s heightened risk for suicide. Ally and CARE cover research and popular methods that help adults identify and reduce the risk of suicide, as well as provide steps educators and other adults can take to promote a positive environment.

Learn how you can take part in these trainings.

Trevorspace
TrevorSpace is our peer-to-peer life-affirming social network that links its users to all Trevor crisis services.The unique online resource functions as a virtual safe space for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24 and now has more than 130,000 members. TrevorSpace also has the distinct ability to cross international borders, curren