Preliminary Report Indicates that The Trevor Project’s Suicide Prevention Services are Effective

A preliminary release of data from a new report conducted by The University of Southern California (USC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) reveals the crucial need for The Trevor Project’s services.   In a survey conducted among youth who contacted The Trevor Project, over half of youth with medium or high-level suicide risk de-escalate their risk level during their interaction with Trevor counselors.  However, during the time between The Trevor Project contact and survey completion (average duration: 12 days), practically all (96%) of youth with medium or high-level suicide risk reported a de-escalation.

Strikingly, 26% of youth report they would not have contacted another helpline if Trevor did not exist, meaning that thousands of youth who need support might receive no help at all if Trevor were not available. Nearly all said they would contact The Trevor Project again if they experienced another crisis.

When participants were asked to explain what was helpful about their contact with Trevor, some of the most common themes youth described were the importance of having a non-judgmental space and the validation and acceptance they received from their counselors.  On de-escalation, one youth explained, “I was able to calm down and think through my problems individually, and feel safer in my own skin for a while. I stopped and looked at my choices and was able to cross suicide off my list of answers.”  Another noted the importance of access to a safe space, saying, “I was able to be fully open with the counselor without worrying about being judged or punished, the way I might be if I shared those things with my parents, friends, or peers at school.”

This report has also given insights into the diversity of the LGBTQ youth served by The Trevor Project.  Thirty-six percent of our youth identify as trans*, gender non-conforming, or are unsure of their gender identity.  Thirty-nine percent of individuals in the preliminary study who used Trevor’s services are youth of color.  A significant proportion of our youth have also experienced homelessness, and are dealing with a variety of stressors in school and at home. The majority of respondents reported feeling like an outcast because they are LGBTQ, and most believe they will have a worse life because they are LGBTQ.

In the exit surveys, having access to a validating and accepting space appears to be vital in creating hope for the future.  One youth noted that while speaking with a counselor, “I felt heard and important. I realized not everyone in the world is hateful and narrow minded.”  Another said, “It helped me be able to know that other people are understanding of my issues, and that I am not alone even when I feel like I am.”  Even in the face of diverse identities and challenges, with the support and care of The Trevor Project, LGBTQ are finding hope, strength, and pride.

While these are preliminary findings, we are pleased to see that the young people spoken to so far have confirmed that The Trevor Project’s life-saving work is effective.  The study will be concluded in the Spring of 2017 and The Trevor Project will share our findings as we work to ensure the best LGBTQ suicide prevention program in the country.


Share a Photo to Support LGBTQ+ Youth!

Until December 20th, there is an easy, FREE way to help save LGBTQ+ lives.  Support The Trevor Project by sharing your photos daily in Johnson & Johnson’s Donate A Photo app.

Follow these simple steps:
1. Download the app for Android or iOS.
2. Select The Trevor Project as your cause, and share your photos with the hashtag #PictureABrighterFuture.
3. Repeat daily, and for each photo shared, Johnson & Johnson will donate to The Trevor Project!

During November, the selfies shared were eligible to be featured on our billboard in Times Square!  We received thousands of photos, giving us hope in the incredible community of supporters that LGBTQ+ youth have all around the United States.  Our winner was Illyana from New York City, who took a photo with us under the billboard in Times Square!

 


Trace Lysette Has a Message for Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Youth: You Matter

The Trevor Project celebrates Transgender Awareness Month for the entirety of November.  November 20th marked Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day in which we remembered those who have lost their lives.  To honor the resilience of our community, we released two special PSAs from Trace Lysette of Transparent.

Remember that no matter what your gender identity, The Trevor Project is here to support you. If you are curious about your own gender identity, or want to understand how to better support transgender and gender non-conforming folks in your community, take a look in our Support Center for information on gender identity. 

If you’re looking to take action, you can make a difference by donating, holding  a fundraiser for #GivingTuesday, volunteering, or becoming an Ambassador.

If you or someone you know needs help, know that we are here for you 24/7, every day of the year, at 1-866-488-7386, with more digital services available as well.  We are here to champion and support all LGBTQ youth, no matter what your identity.  Know that you are valid, and you matter.


The Trevor Project Celebrates Transgender Awareness Month

In a climate of fear, one of the most empowering things we can do is to educate.  Change and the unknown are scary, and fearful reactions can be negative, such as controlling or abusive behavior on a small scale, or hatred and bigotry on a mass scale.  Yet with awareness and education, change and the unknown can become opportunities for growth.  It is in this spirit that The Trevor Project celebrates Transgender Awareness Week, from November 14th to the 20th, and Transgender Awareness Month for the entirety of November.

During difficult times, we recognize our power and the power of our supporters to be an agents of change, transforming fear and bigotry into understanding and acceptance.  Our trailblazing Youth Advisory Council has included Eli Erlick who currently is the Director of Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER), the only national organization entirely led by trans youth. This Transgender Awareness Week they launched a Comprehensive Model Policy on Transgender Students for Four-Year Colleges and Universities. This policy addresses the best practices for four-year colleges and universities regarding enrollment, policy implementation, admissions, programs, facilities, safety, and more.

It is a critical time to take action at the local level, and this model policy helps to provide effective guidelines to creating a safer, healthier environment for transgender college and university students everywhere.  Use TSER’s model policy to educate and change policies within your own schools and communities.  Download and share these free posters and graphics to help raise understanding and compassion during Transgender Awareness Month.

November 20th marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day in which we honor those who have lost their lives. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, help build resilience with the community by joining our staff at the events below or visit this link of events compiled by TDOR.info. This is not a full list, so please check your area to find an event near you. To submit your own event, visit this link.  By coming together during this time, we can remind each other of the beauty and power within our community.

Remember that no matter what your gender identity, The Trevor Project is here to support you. If you are curious about your own gender identity, or want to understand how to better support transgender and gender non-conforming folks in your community, take a look in our Support Center for information on gender identity. 

If you’re looking to take action, you can make a difference by donating, running a fundraiser for #GivingTuesday, volunteering, or becoming an Ambassador. If you or someone you know needs help, know that we are here for you 24/7, every day of the year, at 1-866-488-7386, with more digital services available as well.  We are here to champion and support all LGBTQ youth, no matter what your identity.  Know that you are valid, and you matter.


On #GivingTuesday, Show LGBTQ Youth We’re Here for Them

 

Last week we entered a new chapter in our history. The surprising election results have created so much uncertainty. After so many years of progress, LGBTQ people are wondering what’s to come. We are all concerned for the future of our young people.

In the days following the election, calls, chats, and texts from young people have reached the highest levels we’ve seen in Trevor’s history. They are calling us to tell us that they are frightened because:

  • They are worried that they will lose their rights
  • They are afraid to come out for fear of being rejected
  • They are terrified that conversion therapy will become acceptable (again)

The timing of this is also challenging, as the upcoming holidays can be difficult for LGBTQ youth who often feel all alone. In fact, winter is the busiest time of year for our emergency response volunteers. Last winter, we spent 402,300 minutes talking with young people who reached out to us for help. And this season, we’re taking steps to be as prepared as possible when the phone rings.

You can help. We’re participating in Giving Tuesday on November 29th, the global day dedicated to giving back. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season and is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. By this date, we’re hoping to raise $25,000 to cover 25,000 more minutes of support to manage the spike in calls, texts and chats that we expect to increase during this winter. $1 helps keep our lines going for 1 more minute. With your help this season, we can fully ensure that LGBTQ youth know they are never alone.

Our youth deserve every minute…

Our counselors spend nearly 5,000 total minutes a day on our crisis lines responding to youth in emergencies during the holiday season. There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday:

  • Make a gift to this campaign
  • $30 lets us talk to one youth for 30 minutes
  • $60 keeps our lines going for nearly an hour
  • $120 will cover one TrevorChat or TrevorText cris counselor’s shift

If you think you can raise $250 or more between now and November 29th, help us by becoming a fundraiser on our Giving Tuesday page.

Can you spare a couple minutes? Engage your community every Tuesday with stories about why you support The Trevor Project. Every Tuesday leading up to Giving Tuesday, we’ll be using Twitter and the hashtag #TrevorTuesday to feature donors like you who are building a brighter future for LGBTQ youth.

This Giving Tuesday help us raise $25,000. We at The Trevor Project believe in our youth.  We fight every day to save the lives of young LGBTQ people. And we will continue to lead the way for a brighter future for our youth, no matter what! Our phones are ringing off the hooks and with your support, we will continue to answer them 24/7 and save the lives of our precious young people.


We’re Partnering With The Mighty!

We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring Trevor Project’s resources in front of The Mighty‘s wide-reaching readership. We will now have a growing home page on The Mighty and appear on many stories on the site, allowing us to get many more people involved with our organization.

The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more than information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges.

We’re dedicated to providing comprehensive and support for LGBT people with mental illness in their lives. With this partnership, we’ll be able to help even more people.

We encourage you to submit a story to The Mighty and make your voice heard.


The Trevor Project Goes to Mexico to Advise on Creation of Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline

In October, The Trevor Project was invited by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico to visit Mexico City to provide consultation with local organizers seeking to create crisis services for LGBTQ youth.  As the only nationally accredited suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth under age 25, The Trevor Project was chosen as an expert in the field of suicide prevention for LGBTQ people by the U.S. Embassy.  The Trevor Project was honored to represent the United States abroad as a consultant on how to create lifesaving programs for LGBTQ people.

Consultants from The Trevor Project were David Bond, LCSW, Vice President of Programs, and Brock Dumville, MPH, Senior Crisis Services Manager, who met with a local group of community influencers and LGBTQ advocates in Mexico City, including Alex Orué, the Regional Coordinator for It Gets Better in Latin America.  20 million people live in Mexico City, making it the largest urban center in Mexico and a key place to begin this lifesaving work.  Building from there, community organizers hope to reach out to parts of the country with more complicated access.

“We are grateful that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico understood that programs like those of The Trevor Project could help save young LGBTQ lives outside the U.S.,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project.  “We hope to use our expertise to consult with other international communities so that LGBTQ youth around the globe will have the benefit of knowing that there is a place for them to turn if they are in need.”

Over the course of two days in Mexico City, The Trevor Project communicated best practices from its work, covering 5 core programs and focusing specifically on Crisis Services, Peer Support Programs, and Education.  Local organizers discussed the particular needs of Mexico’s LGBTQ population, and what programs could be relevant, or what could be modified culturally to serve the unique needs of their community.  Day one was focused on strategic organizational planning, including assembling an advisory board and roles, an environmental scan of their resources and deficits.  Day two was focused on suicide theory and intervention strategies.

The two-day consultation left organizers in Mexico with inspiring ideas and a tangible roadmap to build lifesaving programs for LGBTQ people.  With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, United States-based NGOs are expanding their reach to start an international dialogue on how to save lives from suicide.  These cultural exchanges spread understanding for intervention strategies, support for mental health services, and compassion for LGBTQ people. The Trevor Project is honored to be recognized as a leader in suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth both nationally and internationally, and grateful for the support of the United States government in creating a more supportive world for LGBTQ people.


Miley Cyrus and Phantogram Show Their Support for LGBTQ Youth!

During the month of September, The Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley Cyrus, and Phantogram helped us raise awareness for Suicide Prevention Month on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  We are so grateful for their support of LGBTQ+ youth, and using their platforms to spread compassion and understanding.  In addition to spreading the word about our suicide prevention resources and self-care guide, Miley Cyrus spoke publicly about suicide prevention on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  For the rest of October, Miley Cyrus is on our Times Square billboard to help us #PictureABrighterFuture for LGBTQ+ youth!


Do you want to be featured on our billboard too?  It’s easy: submit a selfie through the Donate-A-Photo app, and you could be selected to be our new billboard star in the heart of New York City!  You can submit for a chance to be featured from now until December.  For every photo you share, Johnson & Johnson will donate directly to support LGBTQ+ youth, and for every 15 photos submitted, you will help one youth in crisis receive the support they need.  Read more here to learn how you can share a selfie to support Trevor!


Sponsor Spotlight: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

For four years, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has been an invaluable partner of The Trevor Project.  They’ve produced fundraising events and provided hospitality to those who help forward our mission to end suicide among all LGBTQ youth. Kimpton’s consistent support is an extension of founder Bill Kimpton’s desire to promote crisis intervention and AIDS awareness among the LGBTQ community. We are incredibly grateful for Kimpton’s commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and for their work as a tireless champion of the LGBTQ community.

Sharing ideals of caring and compassion towards LGBTQ youth, Kimpton advances our vision for a brighter LGBTQ future. In looking back at our 2016 events, collaborating with Kimpton has allowed us to grow awareness for our lifesaving work on a national level.  Thanks to Kimpton’s hosted, catered events in Miami, we’ve been especially able to build our presence in the South, where Trevor’s crisis services are most heavily utilized.

Kimpton events across the country this year have generated more than $70,000 in financial backing for our lifesaving services, and raised awareness by attracting hundreds of guests and celebrity performers like Steve Grand, Kyle Dean Massey, and Deborah Cox.  These fun and celebratory events allow Trevor to build support within communities around the country, while raising vital funds for our crisis intervention services, educational programs, and advocacy work.

Kimpton’s employment programs also reinforce their belief in a brighter future for LGBTQ youth. They’ve coordinated regular employee-led outreach to the LGBTQ community and were the first hotel company to score 100 percent on the HRC Corporate Equality Index in 2004. In 2011, they received the “HRC Innovation Award for Workplace Equality” for their pioneering benefits programs, including transgender-inclusive, fully-insured employee health plans and grossed up employees’ incomes to offset taxes from domestic partner benefits. With employees involved in many facets of The Trevor Project partnership, Kimpton continues its legacy of employee-driven philanthropy.

The Trevor Project looks forward to continuing our relationship with Kimpton, and we are excited to celebrate Trevor Live with them in December. With Kimpton’s generosity and dedication to Trevor’s mission, we have partnered to spread compassion, to build community, and ultimately, to save young lives together.


LGBTQ History Month

For LGBTQ History Month, The Trevor Project is highlighting a few key civil rights activists who helped to pave the way for a more inclusive society.  This list is by no means exhaustive, but should pique your interest in the incredibly diverse community that founded the gay rights movement.  While not all these activists are highlighted in textbooks yet, we’re excited to see states like California adopting an LGBT history curriculum, and look forward to many more to come.  Until then, if you’re looking for role models, keep in mind the tagline that this movement gave us: “We’re Everywhere!”


“I’m living the way Sylvia wants to live. I’m not living in the straight world; I’m not living in the gay world; I’m just living in my own world” –Sylvia Rivera
Sylvia Rivera was a Puerto Rican, bisexual, transwoman who was a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activists Alliance, and the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, and an outspoken activist who rallied against racism, sexual violence and transphobia.

“When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.” –Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States.

“I’m not greedy, I know what I want.” –Brenda Howard
Brenda Howard organized the 1970 Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day Parade on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which gave birth to annual Pride parades and gave her the name the “mother of gay pride.” She also founded the New York Area Bisexual Network and was a tireless advocate for bisexual rights.

“My problem is that I can’t accept life for what it is… like it’s presented to me. I feel that there is something deep and wonderful underneath it that no one has found.” –Lou Sullivan
Lou Sullivan is an American author, activist, and transman known as the founder of FTM International and is largely responsible for the modern understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity as distinct, unrelated concepts.

“Hope will never be silent.” –Harvey Milk
Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California.

“Pay it no mind” –Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson was a transgender and gay liberation activist, a veteran of the Stonewall riots, cofounder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries with Sylvia Rivera, and an AIDS activist with ACT UP.