Donate a Photo: Help Save Lives

The Trevor Project is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies through “Donate a Photo,” an app available on Android and iOS devices. From now until November 30, you can upload a photo of your choice to this free app once a day until the program’s end-date. For each uploaded picture, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 in support of The Trevor Project.

All you have to do is choose The Trevor Project from the “Donate a Photo” list of trusted causes, upload a picture from your camera or take one in the moment, and share your photo through the Donate a Photo gallery. Set a reminder in your phone to upload one picture per day, and help The Trevor Project reach our maximum donation amount of $16,000! Each dollar you help raise goes toward our life-saving mission of preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth.

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Participating in Donate a Photo is just one piece of Trevor’s partnership with Johnson & Johnson, having joined Care with Pride™ earlier this year. Supporters without an iPhone or Android device can also help The Trevor Project through Care with Pride™ by using coupons found at HealthyEssentials.com/printable-coupons. By purchasing these everyday items, you can help support LGBTQ youth in crisis!

Visit http://www.donateaphoto.com/ to upload your first photo to help save lives!


Education Collaboration Supports All Youth

The Trevor Project and The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) are coming together to update a valuable, SPRC Best Practice resource for educators called “Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention.” Through this partnership, The Trevor Project will share expertise about LGBTQ youth and suicide risk for this free online course, which reaches 65,000 teachers. As a part of this update, Trevor will also provide LGBTQ-specific guidelines and resources for training participants to download.

“It’s exciting when national organizations can collaborate and share knowledge and resources that can potentially save lives,” said SPTS’s Clinical Director, Maureen Underwood, LCSW. “When SPTS decided to update its national online educator training, we realized how important it was to address the suicide risks LGBTQ youth face. That’s when we reached out to The Trevor Project. Now, we have a tool that reinforces the importance of educators responding to all at-risk youth in a safe, non-judgmental way. We’re so excited to share this with educators nationwide!”

Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project, said: “Trevor is proud and honored to work on this nation-wide digital training with SPTS, and is excited for teachers to learn more about LGBTQ youth, our mission, and the invaluable resources we have for educators and students. This partnership is grounded in a mutual goal to provide life-affirming, life-saving education to gatekeepers who can make a huge difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth. I can’t wait for everyone to see the finished product.”

The revised version of “Making Educators Partners in Youth Suicide Prevention” will go live on January 1, 2015 at http://spts.pldm.com/.


Volunteer Potlucks Celebrate Trevor

Volunteers nationwide have come together over the past two months to recognize The Trevor Project’s 16 years of service. In Los Angeles and New York, staff and volunteers gathered in the park to share a celebratory cake. Washington D.C. volunteers brought their potluck party to the rooftop of The Whitman. In Salt Lake City, a group picnic gave volunteers a chance to connect and have fun.

During these Sweet 16 potluck celebrations, Trevor volunteers shared what they most loved about The Trevor Project:

“I love how Trevor is all about community. We’re all there to support each other.” – Lindsey

“I just love knowing that at the end of the day, I’ve made a difference in someone’s life every time I volunteer.” – Jason

“I love how the training we go through is so applicable to life outside of volunteering at Trevor.” – Jeff

“Everyone at Trevor is amazing! It makes me happy to see all these people. I’m happy in my heart, every time.” – Faye

We are so proud of each and every volunteer who gives their time and energy to the youth we serve. Show your support for these incredible people by donating $16 through Trevor’s Sweet 16 campaign: Trvr.org/Sweet16. Every dollar will go toward fulfilling our mission, and help ensure Trevor’s volunteers are always here to help LGBTQ youth in crisis.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at The Trevor Project, visit: Trvr.org/volunteer


The Trevor Project Empowers Youth To “Ask For Help” This September

(Los Angeles, Ca.) – Today, The Trevor Project announces its awareness campaign for National Suicide Prevention Month  called “Ask for Help.” Ask for Help hinges on empowering, first-person public service announcements that feature youth reaching out to friends, teachers, parents or counselors, with the goal of encouraging people nationwide to ask for help when they need it. Ask for Help’s central hub can be found at www.OkToAsk.org.

The Ask for Help awareness campaign engages audiences to share Supportive Selfies through social media, utilize The Trevor Project’s diverse array of educational resources for youth and adults, and advocate for their school districts to adopt the Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention authored by leading organizations including The Trevor Project.

“No one should feel like they don’t matter or that their problems are too small or too big to deserve support.  Still, far too many young people believe saying ‘I need help’ is an impossible or pointless task. Whether it is fear, isolation, or pride holding them back, it’s up to us to remind them, ‘It’s ok to ask for help; and when you do, you might realize that you aren’t so alone after all,’” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “This September, The Trevor Project needs your help to support the young people in your life. Visit OktoAsk.org and spread the message: Whatever it is, ask for help.”

In our society, asking for help often attracts a stigma that it doesn’t deserve. Fear of rejection, cultural norms, reduced access to supportive care, and many other factors can strongly inhibit help-seeking behavior. When a young person is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, the stigma of asking for help can be even bigger, especially if they face family or community rejection, discrimination, or barriers to accessing support.

“Ask for Help isn’t just about reducing the stigma – it’s about saving lives. We know that when a young person can identify at least one supportive adult in their life, they are more likely to reach out for help when they need it,” said David Bond, LCSW, Vice President of Programs for The Trevor Project. “Reach out to the young people in your life and open that potentially life-saving door. Let them know that they matter, and that you’re here to talk if they ever need help. Our youth deserve more than adults who turn their backs on their future. Join Ask for Help this September, learn about the warning signs of suicide, and become that one person who connects a young person to life-affirming resources and care.”

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among all youth, but LGB youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and nearly half of all transgender youth seriously consider taking their own life. To learn more and to get involved with the “Ask for Help” campaign, visit www.OkToAsk.org, and use #AskForHelp on social media.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. To learn more, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org. If you or a young person you know is in crisis and thinking about suicide, please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. It’s free, confidential, and there is always someone to help.


Protections for LGBT Youth Upheld by Federal Appeals Court in New Jersey

(New York, NY, September 11, 2014)—Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously upheld a 2013 New Jersey law that protects youth under 18 years of age from dangerous and discredited therapy practices known as “sexual orientation change efforts,” or “conversion therapy.” The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a similar law in California in 2013.

Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, a member of the coalition to pass this and other, similar bans in New Jersey and around the country, issued the following statement:

“The Trevor Project thanks the three-member panel of the Third Circuit for their unanimous support of the mental health and well-being of New Jersey’s youth. All children, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, deserve the best possible health and mental health care. By upholding this law, parents and caregivers can feel assured that when their children turn to a licensed therapist in New Jersey for care, they will not be subjected to treatments known to cause harm by trying to change who they fundamentally are.”

For 16 years, The Trevor Project has provided life-saving, life-affirming crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth across the U.S. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

Media Contact:

Laura McGinnis (323.423.7405 / [email protected])


Sweet 16 Celebration Begins!

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 17: CEO and Executive Director Abbe Land of the The Trevor Project arrives for The Trevor Project’s 2013 “TrevorLIVE” Event Honoring Cindy Hensley McCain at Chelsea Piers on June 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for The Trevor Project) *** Local Caption *** Abbe Land

Can you believe that The Trevor Project has been supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis for 16 years? When our founders first opened our phone lines in 1998, we never imagined how fast we would grow, or how many young people would need our help. To recognize this incredible milestone, we’re celebrating our Sweet 16 – and we hope that you’ll join us!

In honor of the hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ young people The Trevor Project has helped, we’ve set a goal of engaging at least 1,600 new supporters to help continue our life-saving programs for years to come. No one should ever feel alone, and that’s why we need your help to ensure The Trevor Project can always be there for LGBTQ youth in crisis.

Donate to support our Trevor Resource Kits, which bring life-affirming tools to educators nationwide; or, give a gift that helps train our TrevorSpace and TrevorChat volunteers! You can even donate to help pay for a Trevor Lifeline volunteer’s shift.

Thank you in advance for celebrating the brave youth who reach out to us by making sure that The Trevor Project is there for the LGBTQ youth of tomorrow. Every dollar counts!

To support The Trevor Project’s Sweet 16, visit: Trvr.org/16


“Ask for Help” Offers Crucial Message

This upcoming September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and The Trevor Project is sending out an important message to LGBTQ youth: “Ask for Help.”

Ask for Help is Trevor’s latest PSA campaign that features first-person accounts of young people reaching out to friends, teachers, parents or counselors for help to promote the idea that it’s ok to ask for help when you need it.

It’s important for us to talk openly about how we can prevent suicide, especially when recent tragedies increase our society’s attention of this critical issue. At Trevor, we know that reaching out for help isn’t always easy. In fact, the stigma surrounding mental health can seem paralyzing, especially for young people. If someone identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, this stigma can be even bigger – especially if they face barriers to accessing help if their family or community has rejected them.

Through Ask for Help, The Trevor Project wants LGBTQ youth nationwide to know that even though asking for help can be scary it is also one of the bravest things you can do. If you have a friend or family member who may be showing warning signs, remind them that you’re there to help connect them to life-affirming resources like the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, or TrevorText.

Taking that first step may be tough, but getting the support you need can be life-saving. Stay tuned for more about Ask for Help next September and start sharing the campaign’s empowering PSAs, available at OktoAsk.org.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 – our counselors are here 24/7. Or, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


Trevor Welcomes Michael Norton as New Board Chair

The Trevor Project is excited to announce our new Chair of the Board, Michael Norton! Meredith Kadlec will be filling the role of Chair Emeritus. Brian Dorsey and Dr. Lara Embry will serve as Vice-Chairs of the Board, Phil Armstrong will serve as Treasurer, Christian Dowell as Secretary, and Joel Flatow as Member at Large. We are also proud to welcome three new members to the Board: Brian Irving, Stacy Smithers, and Brian Winterfeldt.

We spoke to Michael to learn more about why Trevor matters to him, and what he hopes to help accomplish in the year to come.

1.      How long have you been involved with The Trevor Project?

I got to know Trevor in 2009 when I led a pro bono branding and development workshop for their team. Through the process I realized that, although I had done this very thing for many notable brands, I had never applied my experience to something that mattered as much as The Trevor Project’s work. At the completion of my work, I was honored with an invitation to join the board in 2010.

2.     What inspired you to serve on Trevor’s Board of Directors?

Our board, staff, volunteers and donors are all passionate and dedicated supporters of our mission and vision. But it is the founders’ story – their selfless determination to bring help to LGBTQ youth in crisis – that made me want to focus all of my free time and energy on Trevor. When given the opportunity to contribute to the growth and evolution of the work that they started, I knew immediately that it would be the most important and most rewarding work I would probably ever do.

3.     As the new Chair, what are you looking forward to helping Trevor accomplish next year?

First and foremost, I want to build on the work of previous boards and staff, which have created this vital organization and developed expert programs over the past 16 years. It is my job to make sure that the next Board of Directors inherits an organization that is on-point and in-sync with our world; that our budgets increase so we can expand our services; and that our innovative programs make Trevor a recognized authority in the field of LGBTQ youth mental health. But there is one message I think is critical: every year there will always be young people turning 13, 14, and 15 who feel scared, confused, and alone. While the social context and issues may evolve over time, the work Trevor does will always be an essential and valuable resource for these youth who ask us for help.

4.    If someone asked you what made The Trevor Project so special, what would you say?

It is quite simple: we are the only organization that does what we do for the LGBTQ community. We save lives – and there’s nothing more special than life. I always say, we not only save young lives, we change the trajectory of lives. When LGBTQ youth in crisis feel the compassion of a Lifeline counselor, and learn of Trevor’s supportive spirit, they stand a much better chance of realizing their dreams. Our NextGen and Ambassador groups are also great examples of the determination and optimism that drive our supporters forward. There is no doubt in my mind – the incredible energy of The Trevor Project is unstoppable.


Power On! Campaign Hits the Basketball Court

Basketball PartnershipOn August 8, The Trevor Project, Straight But Not Narrow, Human I-T, and Josh Hutcherson came together at L.A. Live to raise awareness of Power On: a campaign that brings life-affirming technology loaded with LGBTQ resources into the hands of underserved youth nationwide.

This unique collaboration took center court during Straight But Not Narrow’s 3rd annual 3ON3 Celebrity Basketball Game. Before the first play was made, “Most Valuable Player” Josh Hutcherson and Trevor’s Executive Director and CEO, Abbe Land told attendees about how they could help LGBTQ youth nationwide Power On. The Straight But Not Narrow team even surprised Abbe with a cake in honor of Trevor’s sixteenth year of service.

“It’s awesome to know that [Power On] will be used to help a young person out there who, before this campaign, wasn’t able to get access to information and resources that could really help them,” said Josh in a game-day interview. “I’ve always respected the work that The Trevor Project does, and to have an opportunity for Straight But Not Narrow to collaborate with them on a campaign like Power On is exciting,”

Power On runs until LGBT Spirit Day on October 17, so submit your donation today! After you give, your technology will be erased, cleaned and refurbished by Human I-T before being sent to a youth center, homeless shelter, or LGBTQ community center.

Visit Trvr.org/PowerOn to learn more.


Trevor Attends GaymerX

This July, Trevor’s outreach team attended GaymerX, an annual video game event that focuses its support on LGBTQ gamers and their allies. The San Francisco Ambassadors to The Trevor Project were there, and hosted a table with information about our life-saving programs.

During the two-day conference, Trevor Ambassadors encouraged attendees to “Be a Hero for LGBTQ Youth” by taking a picture with signs that shared encouraging messages of love and affirmation. As more and more guests learned about Trevor, an exciting number of “heroes” signed up to attend our upcoming volunteer orientation.

As a media sponsor for GaymerX, hosted by MidBoss, we were also able to place wallet cards containing the Trevor Lifeline number in the bags of over 3,000 conference-goers – half of which are estimated to be in Trevor’s age demographic.

We had a great time at GaymerX, and offer special thanks to the San Francisco Ambassadors for the fantastic job they did during the convention. Thanks to them, we were able to engage new young people in our work, and help spread Trevor’s life-saving mission.