Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Clears California Assembly

On June 1, 2016, The California Assembly approved a bill that would require the adoption of comprehensive suicide prevention plans by local California school districts with students attending grades 7-12.  Assembly Bill (AB) 2246 was authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell and sponsored by Equality California and The Trevor Project.

“AB 2246 will protect every student in California, especially our vulnerable LGBTQ youth who attempt suicide at significantly higher rates,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “With parents and schools partnering together, we can prevent the tragic loss of many young lives.”

Current California Education Code encourages schools to adopt suicide prevention policies, but does not require them. Under AB 2246, new policies must address, at a minimum, guidelines for suicide prevention, intervention, and follow-up. To assist local educational agencies in developing policies for student suicide prevention, the Department of Education would be required to develop and maintain a model policy to serve as a guide for school districts, possibly based on one already developed by The Trevor Project.

“The vote in the Assembly is a key step in passing legislation that is an integral part of The Trevor Project’s fight to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth, which will serve as a model for the rest of the country,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Young people often don’t know where to turn when they are dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. With AB 2246, students will be able to walk into a classroom knowing that they can talk to a teacher or school employee and that person can direct them to lifesaving resources like The Trevor Project.”

Over 17 percent of youth turning to The Trevor Project’s lifesaving resources are from California.  According to the CDC, 17 percent of students in grades 9-12 report having seriously considered suicide, and eight percent report having attempted suicide one or more times in the past 12 months.

“LGB teens attempt suicide at rates up to three times higher than their straight peers and more than a quarter of trans youth have reported making a suicide attempt,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “California’s teachers are dedicated to creating safe, supportive learning environments. This bill will help give them the tools and training they need to protect LGBT and all at-risk children.”

AB 2246 now moves to the California Senate for approval.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the only national accredited organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential accredited phone, instant message, and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. For more info, visit

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. The mission of EQCA is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. EQCA is also dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, EQCA strives to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve the organization’s goals. For more info, visit

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.

Jason Howe, Communications Director, Equality California: PHONE: 323-848-9801 MOBILE: 415-595-9245 EMAIL: [email protected]

Shawn Steiner, Communications Director, The Trevor Project: PHONE: 917-497-3037 EMAIL: [email protected]

Vermont Bans Conversion Therapy

As the leading national suicide prevention and crisis intervention nonprofit organization, The Trevor Project is on the forefront of fighting against “conversion therapy” and commends Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont State Legislature for passing Senate Bill 132. This bill, in effect July 1, 2016, protects Vermont LGBTQ youth from mental healthcare providers attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through practices which treat substance abuse, extreme depression, and suicide. Passed just a month after Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed Senate Bill 1556, which allowed mental healthcare providers to deny treatment to LGBTQ people, Senate Bill 132 justly prioritizes the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.

While The Trevor Project fights to save young lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we know that over 41% of trans people have reportedly attempted suicide, and LGB youth are four times as likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. Conversion efforts pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, including depression, shame, decreased self-esteem, social withdrawal, substance abuse, risky behavior, and suicidality. There is no credible evidence that conversion therapy can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and in fact, this heinous practice has been condemned by The American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Thankfully, Vermont youth can now confidently walk into mental healthcare providers’ offices knowing that they will not be subjected to conversion therapy.. The Trevor Project continues to work closely with other policy makers and organizations around the nation to provide information about the detrimental effects of conversation therapy on LGBTQ youth. For more information, visit

Abbe Land

Executive Director and CEO, The Trevor Project

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Obama Administration Issues Guidance Protecting Transgender Students Nationwide

We at The Trevor Project commend the Obama administration for their issued guidance directing all public schools nationwide to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities matching their gender identity. At a time when 50 percent of transgender youth have thought about suicide and a quarter who have made a suicide attempt, this guidance shows how Title IX, the anti-discrimination law in education, should protect transgender youth in school systems and ensure an environment free from harassment and discrimination.  As the only national accredited suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, The Trevor Project hears from transgender students who are constantly facing violence and harassment, fighting to justify their authentic selves to their parents, classmates, teachers, and the public at large. With this guidance, transgender students will now be able to use facilities that match their gender identities, protected from harassment, addressed by the pronouns with which they identify.

While it may take time for schools to fully comply to this guidance, The Trevor Project has free online education resources that can help educate parents, students, and teachers at We are here to help not only those in crisis, but also those who are fighting to prevent crisis—those who believe in our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth. The fight is not over until a guidance like this is issued for all sex-segregated facilities outside school systems, but this is certainly a huge victory for the community, especially for the young people we serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Abbe Land

Executive Director and CEO, The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project’s Annual Report: Together, Saving Young LGBTQ Lives


The Trevor Project is pleased to present fiscal year 2015’s Annual Report. This year’s Annual Report highlights some of the many amazing people who have generously dedicated their time, energy, and support to helping us save young LGBTQ lives, day in and day out. In addition, it includes a summary about our financials and the impact of our programs.

Thanks to the support of many of you, we continue our fight to create a brighter future where the possibilities and opportunities are the same for all youth, regardless of gender or sexuality. This past year The Trevor Project has impacted the lives of over 200,000 people through our crisis services, prevention programs, education, social media, and awareness campaigns.

The impact we have will only grow as we change the lives of more and more young people in the years to come. Thanks for everything you do to contribute to this valuable lifesaving work!

Take Part in Pride with Trevor

From May-October, The Trevor Project, along with partners Macy’s and AT&T, will be raising awareness about our lifesaving services by taking part in pride events across the nation. Find out how to participate and volunteer by clicking on an event below and registering. Thank you for showing LGBTQ youth that their lives matter!

May 14: DC Youth Pride

May 21: DC Trans Pride

June 3-5: Salt Lake City Pride

June 5: Queens Pride

June 11: Baton Rouge Pride

June 11: Brooklyn Pride

June 11: DC Capital Pride

June 12: Birmingham Pride

June 18-19: Chicago Pride

June 25: Nashville Pride

June 25-26: San Francisco Pride

June 26: Manhattan Pride

July 15-17: San Diego Pride

September 18: Dallas Pride

September 24: Memphis Pride

October 2: Castro Street Fair Pride

October 8-9: Atlanta Pride

Join Us at TrevorLIVE NY June 13

On June 13, 2016, Broadway stars will join New York’s LGBTQ community and allies at The Marriott Marquis as we celebrate TrevorLIVE New York, our irreverent evening of comedy and music, recognizing long-time supporters Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson as Trevor Hero Honorees. First-time Guest Director and Tony-nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well) will be working with Guest Writer Tim Federle (Tuck Everlasting, Better Nate Than Ever) and special guests including NBC’s newest headliner of Hairspray Live! and Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots), Tony Award winner Judith Light (Transparent), Grammy winner Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls), and more to be announced.

“We are honored to recognize Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson as Trevor Heroes, leaders in our community who have been dedicated to our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth. We are also delighted that Leigh Silverman and Tim Federle will bring their passion and creativity to the TrevorLIVE stage,” says Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project.

President of Jujamcyn Theaters and Tony award-winning producer Jordan Roth is a theatre innovator, championing LGBTQ storylines that push the boundaries of Broadway with current shows including the Tony Award-winning Best Musicals The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, and Jersey Boys. His commitment to the arts and culture community is seen in his dedication to building and the theater/philanthropy site as well as hosting the creative collective #MakingMondays on Periscope and Facebook Live. Roth’s inclusion in Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and his involvement in The Trevor Project, as well as his service on the Boards of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Freedom to Marry have paved the way for change in the LGBTQ community.

Honored alongside Roth will be husband and President of Jackson Group Entertainment, Richie Jackson, whose passion for young people’s futures can be seen in his recent endowment of The Richie Jackson Fellowship to his alma mater, NYU Tisch School of The Arts, which will assist graduates in transition from academia to arts careers. For seven seasons, Jackson executive produced Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee) as well as John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Both Roth and Jackson have been role models to the many young people The Trevor Project serves.

“While we are so grateful to accept the Trevor Project’s Hero Award, we know that the true heroes are Trevor’s counselors, volunteers, and staff who are literally saving the lives of tens of thousands of LGBTQ young people in crisis every year. We are honored to be celebrating them and the world they are creating, one call at a time,” say Roth and Jackson.

To buy tickets for TrevorLIVE NY, please go to

How Trevor Celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Month

This past year, The Trevor Project’s 920 volunteers helped us save young LGBTQ lives with over 50,000 hours of service across all Trevor departments. Whether these volunteers dedicate time to crisis services, outreach, administrative work, special events, or engagement efforts, each one plays a vital role in our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth.

During Volunteer Appreciation Month in April, we wanted to thank them for all the hard work they do, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Throughout the month, we posted inspiring images of quotes from volunteers on social media, and celebrated them at nationwide events.

In New York, Trevor partner Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants donated their beautiful Hotel Eventi ballroom to Trevor Gives Thanks, an evening of volunteer recognition, where over 150 staff, volunteers, supporters, donors, and sponsors celebrated. Los Angeles volunteers were honored at donor Lisa Vanderpump’s elegant PUMP Restaurant and Lounge.

Our volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth. To learn more about how to get involved with Trevor, visit our volunteer page here.

D.C. Signs First Law in the Nation to Require a School Suicide Policy To Address LGBTQ Youth Needs

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According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2012, nearly 15% of the District of Columbia’s students ages 11-17 had contemplated suicide at some point, with statistics more than doubling for the LGBTQ population, ages 11-13.

In an effort to reduce these alarming numbers, Washington, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso worked with The Trevor Project, The D.C. Center, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and others to pass bill 21-361, the Youth Suicide Prevention and School Climate Survey Amendment Act 23 of 2015.  The bill was passed unanimously by the D.C. Council on April 5, 2016 and was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser on April 27, 2016 as the first law in the nation to require a school suicide policy to address the needs of LGBTQ youth.

This new law requires that teachers and principals in D.C. schools receive training every two years on recognizing the warning signs and risk factors for youth suicide and implement best practices for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Clearly, this law will help save young lives in schools across D.C.

“The Trevor Project is proud to have played a key role in helping this bill pass, which will help not only LGBTQ youth, but also foster and homeless youth, as well as those living with mental illness, substance use disorders, self-harming behaviors, and those bereaved by suicide,” Abbe Land, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project says.

Through early intervention, bill 21-361 is a long-term investment in young people’s futures. With the enactment of this bill, there is now model legislative language that other states can use to implement similar laws. Just last month, the California Assembly’s Education Committee held a hearing on a similar bill requiring middle and high schools to adopt suicide prevention policies.

Councilmember Grosso says, “Throughout the legislative process, The Trevor Project was a strong partner and consistent advocate for the mental health services and policies needed to put our students in the best position to learn and succeed. I thank them for their partnership and look forward to working with them on future projects.” On May 6, 2016 at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, The Trevor Project is honoring Councilmember Grosso with the Ally Award for his help in drafting bill 21-361 at A Night Out for Trevor D.C.

The Trevor Project will now turn its attention to other states to ensure schools across the country have policies to help students who may be thinking of suicide. Learn more about the policy from Trevor’s Associate Director of Government Affairs, Amy Loudermilk, in The Advocate.

To join us in our advocacy efforts to bring suicide prevention to schools, visit our Advocacy page. Thank you for helping save young lives by being a part of local, state, and federal change.

Grammy Winner Rob Thomas Honored with The Ally Award at Taste of The City

In April, we celebrated our lifesaving work with over 500 supporters at Trevor NextGen New York’s annual fundraiser, Taste of The City: Spring Fling 2016. As Ally Honoree and Grammy Award-Winning singer-songwriter Rob Thomas said, we came together to be “on the right side of history.”

We thank all of our NextGen New York Ambassadors, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and the talent who were a part of making this night possible. We are so grateful that Rob Thomas, comedian Julie Halston, DJs Avan Lava and Tygapaw, and host Braden Bradley graced our stage with their talent to help us forward our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth.

We also want to thank our presenting sponsors Viacom, Kevin Potter, Absolut, as well as all our food, wine, and spirits partners who made our event truly unique.

For more pictures from Taste of the City, visit Flickr. See Rob Thomas’ acceptance speech below and read the Forbes article about the event. You can also check out photos from A Night Out for Trevor San Francisco at Dirty Water Restaurant and Bar. To learn about future events with Trevor, visit our Event Page.

TN’s HB 1840 Negatively Impacts The Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth

The homophobia and transphobia infused in Tennessee’s House Bill 1840 is a disgrace to the mental health community. Denying mental health services to any person based on a counselor’s religious beliefs is harmful to every marginalized person in need of help and is a violation of The American Counseling Association’s code of ethics. It is shocking to see “The Volunteer State,” which has historically fought for the civil rights of Americans, become the first state government to forward this type of discriminatory bill. HB 1840 puts counselors before clients and will negatively impact the mental health and safety of LGBTQ youth.

At The Trevor Project, the only accredited national suicide prevention and crisis intervention service for LGBTQ youth, we are seeing some of the highest volumes of calls from the South. HB 1840 is particularly damaging to the LGBTQ community in rural areas, where access to services and mental healthcare is already limited due to not only location, but also discriminatory barriers. For LGBTQ young people who experience trauma and marginalization, distrust of healthcare providers, businesses, and religious institutions in their areas can prevent them from seeking necessary help. The passage of HB 1840 and other so-called “religious freedom” bills in Mississippi and North Carolina will further exacerbate this. Thankfully, the American Counseling Association and many organizations across Tennessee oppose HB 1840, while many of North Carolina and Mississippi’s largest employers are publicly voicing opposition against their respective “religious freedom” bills.

If Governor Bill Haslam signs HB 1840, young LGBTQ people in Tennessee may face limited access to mental health services. We are grateful that The Tennessee Equality Project is fighting to veto this bill. To take action, please sign their petition or contact Governor Bill Haslam’s office. Our Lifeline counselors are here 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 and for the young people in Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and all of those around the United States who are witnessing these anti-LGBTQ policies go through legislation. You are not alone and we are fighting for you.

To sign up for our future updates about our advocacy efforts, visit our Advocacy page. Thank you for helping save young lives by being a part of local, state, and federal change.

Abbe Land

Executive Director and CEO, The Trevor Project