The Trevor Project, AT&T & Tyler Oakley Help LGBTQ Youth Find Support 24/7

The Trevor Project’s Text and Chat Counseling Services, Powered by AT&T, Are Now Available 24/7

New York City and Los Angeles The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, and AT&T Turn Up the Love, the company’s campaign to support and engage LGBTQ people and allies, today launched Anytime, Anywhere featuring Content Creator and LGBTQ Advocate, Tyler Oakley.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Anytime, Anywhere highlights Tyler Oakley’s moments of feeling hopeless and alone during his youth, and tells LGBTQ young people that The Trevor Project’s text and chat counseling services, TrevorText and TrevorChat, are now available 24/7 for the first time in the organization’s 21-year history of saving young LGBTQ lives.

“The Trevor Project wants every young LGBTQ person to know that they are never alone and can always reach out to us for help,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Now that our text and chat services are available around the clock, thanks to financial support, products, services, and employee volunteers provided by AT&T, we can provide life-saving support to even more of the 1.5 million LGBTQ young people we estimate to need our services every year. With the help of Tyler Oakley and AT&T, we’re able to reach LGBTQ youth nationwide so they know how to connect with trained crisis counselors at any time, who can tell them that they are loved, valued, and never alone.”

The organization expanded TrevorText and TrevorChat’s availability with Generation Z in mind. As the first mobile native generation that grew up with smartphone technology, they are more comfortable with text and chat services than with speaking on the phone or in-person interactions. In fact, in a third-party evaluation of The Trevor Project’s services, the majority of youth (63%) who used its text and chat services reported doing so because they felt like it was easier to be themselves. Tyler Oakley, who has a massive social media following of more than 23 million fans and over 7.5 million YouTube subscribers, connects directly with young people daily through content that resonates uniquely with them.

“Moments of crisis are different for everyone, and I hope that by sharing mine, LGBTQ youth know there’s no reason too big or small to reach out to The Trevor Project,” said Tyler Oakley. “Asking for support isn’t always easy — it’s important to meet LGBTQ young people where they are, with counselors who are trained to meet their unique needs, and on platforms they’re comfortable using.”

The 24/7 transformation of The Trevor Project’s text and chat services is powered by AT&T, which recognizes the importance of connectivity and of being able to support LGBTQ youth in crisis at all hours of the day.

“Our work with The Trevor Project is especially meaningful to AT&T. We’re proud to make millions of connections every day and those connections are never more important than in a time of need or crisis,” said Valerie Vargas, SVP of advertising and creative services, AT&T. “As one of the first corporate allies of the LGBTQ community, providing resources and support– whether it’s through our technology or our dedicated employees – to help save lives of LGBTQ young people is a crucial part of our mission.”

Proud supporters of The Trevor Project’s expansion to provide 24/7 text and chat support for LGBTQ youth in crisis also include The Coca-Cola Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.

The Trevor Project also supports LGBTQ youth in crisis through TrevorLifeline, its flagship, confidential phone lifeline, which has been available 24/7 since the organization’s inception 21 years ago.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

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The Trevor Project
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Abercrombie & Fitch and The Trevor Project Expand Relationship with Year-Long Partnership

New Albany, Ohio — Abercrombie & Fitch, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is excited to announce the details of its 2019 year-long partnership with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. A&F has supported The Trevor Project since 2010 and is proud to expand its partnership in 2019 – which also marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, an event that spurred the modern-day fight for LGBTQ rights in the U.S. This partnership strives to bring further awareness and funding to The Trevor Project’s critical, life-saving work.

With a 126-year heritage of outfitting customers in their pursuit of life and adventure, A&F aims to inspire and encourage its customers to be themselves, to live life freely, to belong, and to reach for their dreams. The Trevor Project shares in A&F’s passion to encourage safe, confident self-expression for individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The expanded partnership will include participation at events such as the Pride Parade in NYC, proceeds* of sales from select A&F collections, and a customer round-up campaign in all U.S. stores and online. Since 2010, A&F and its customers have raised and donated more than $600,000 for the organization. In 2018, donations specifically funded the training of digital crisis counselors, allowing the organization to reach even more of the 1.5 million LGBTQ youth estimated to be in crisis each year.

Designated by the Human Rights Campaign as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” every year for the past 13 years, A&F Co. is committed to equality and is focused on making a positive impact on its associates’, customers’ and partners’ lives. Through this partnership, The Trevor Project will closely collaborate with A&F Co.’s corporate teams on diversity and inclusion initiatives, including LGBTQ-competent associate training, ensuring its LGBTQ customers know they are loved, valued, and never alone.

“We are grateful for Abercrombie & Fitch’s dedication to The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ youth,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Abercrombie & Fitch understands the need to help LGBTQ youth in crisis is year-round. We look forward to working together to engage the brand and its loyal customers in support of our life-saving mission.”

“Abercrombie & Fitch is honored to grow our partnership with The Trevor Project, as it works to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth with its vital crisis intervention and suicide prevention services,” said Kristin Scott, President, Global Brands at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “Trevor’s work touches many of our customers’ lives daily, and we are optimistic that by expanding our partnership, we can help increase the reach and impact of Trevor’s important work.”

To learn more about The Trevor Project or to get help, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

*Up to $100,000 from the Pride Collection and Fierce will be donated to the Trevor Project.

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ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

ABOUT ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

Abercrombie & Fitch is a specialty retailer of high quality apparel and accessories for men and women. For more than 125 years, the iconic brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, it reflects the updated attitude of the modern consumer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates approximately 320 locations (includes abercrombie kids) worldwide as of the end of Q4 2018. It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF). The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

To learn more about Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s charitable work, visit http://corporate.abercrombie.com/af-cares/af-gives-back/our-mission.

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Clare Drummond
Abercrombie & Fitch
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Macy’s and The Trevor Project partner in celebration of Pride Month

As part of its upcoming nationwide Pride + Joy, LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations, Macy’s will raise funds and awareness for The Trevor Project’s life-saving mission through a host of initiatives including a nationwide charitable giving program, exclusive fashions and a digital media awareness campaign aimed at reaching at-risk LGBTQ youth

New York, NY – This June, Macy’s will kick-off its annual Pride + Joy national LGBTQ Pride Month celebrations with its customers, colleagues and local communities in commemoration of Stonewall 50 and World Pride NYC. A key component of that celebration is its nationwide partnership with The Trevor Project. In mid-May, Macy’s and The Trevor Project will begin the roll-out of a series of initiatives aimed at raising funds and awareness for Trevor’s life-saving mission and services for at risk LGBTQ young people, highlighting Macy’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equality, inclusion and respect for all.

“Macy’s believes in the power of fashion, celebration and community to touch the lives of our customers, colleagues and local communities. Macy’s core value of acceptance is reflected in our commitment to supporting the LGBTQ community through the fostering of an inclusive culture and environment that inspires our colleagues and customers to be their authentic self, every day,” said Sam Harrison, Macy’s senior director of Corporate Giving & Volunteerism. “As The Trevor Project’s national Pride partner, we will aim to raise funds and awareness of Trevor’s mission and life-saving services, harnessing the power of our brand to make a difference in the communities we serve.”

“The Trevor Project is grateful to Macy’s for sharing their commitment to our mission with their customers, who will have their own chance to support LGBTQ youth in crisis this Pride month,” said Amit Paley, CEO & executive director of The Trevor Project. “Every day, we serve LGBTQ young people in Macy’s local communities nationwide, so we’re excited to share our affirming messages of hope and support in their stores.”

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The organization works to save young lives by providing support through free and confidential programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat. They also run TrevorSpace, the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, and operate innovative education, research, and advocacy programs.

To help raise funds for Trevor’s important work, from June 1–June 17 at all Macy’s stores nationwide, shoppers can celebrate Pride by giving back to The Trevor Project through Macy’s charitable round-up program. As customers complete their in-store purchases they will be invited to round up to the nearest dollar (up to $.99) and donate the change to The Trevor Project. These donations will help support the organization’s mission of providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. In select markets including Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Lexington (KY), Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Seattle, St. Louis, and St. Petersburg (FL), the round-up campaign will be extended through June 30 to coincide with Pride parade celebrations in which Macy’s has a local presence.

Macy’s shoppers are also invited to show their Pride through fashion as they support The Trevor Project with style. Pride and its signature colors will be front and center in the limited edition three-piece capsule collection by INC International Concepts. Featuring gender-neutral t-shirts, tanks and socks with rainbow detailing, throughout the month of June, Macy’s will donate $4 of the purchase price of the INC t-shirt and tank and $2 of the socks to The Trevor Project. The pieces retail for $10 to $20 and will be available in select stores and on macys.com/celebrate.

To help spread awareness of The Trevor Project’s life-saving work, Macy’s and Trevor created a PSA showcasing heartfelt personal vignettes of hope and how the support of Trevor’s programs helped LGBTQ youth in crisis. The PSA, debuting on May 20, will run in several length formats across digital and social media channels. It is introduced by and features Jazz Jennings, the young transgender activist and star of the TLC reality series, I Am Jazz.

Additionally, Macy’s partnership with The Trevor Project extends to a presenting sponsorship of this year’s TrevorLIVE NY benefit gala, taking place at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, June 17. Honorees, presenters, hosts, and celebrity attendees will be announced soon.

As a pivotal component of Macy’s Pride + Joy campaign, the national partnership with The Trevor Project, once again showcases Macy’s steadfast value of diversity and inclusion in all areas of business. This commitment is evidenced by the company’s consistent achievement of a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Commission’s Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices.

For more information on Macy’s upcoming Pride + Joy campaign and to purchase products that benefit The Trevor Project, please visit macys.com/celebrate, as of May 20. Additional details on Macy’s Pride + Joy campaign will be announced soon.

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ABOUT MACY’S

Macy’s is America’s store for life. The largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) delivers quality fashion at affordable prices to customers at approximately 640 locations in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, as well as to customers in more than 100 international destinations through leading e-commerce site macys.com.  Macy’s inspires fashion exploration and discovery through the most desired family of exclusive brands for her, for him, for the home, and via our dynamic mobile and social platforms. We know the power of celebration, demonstrated through decades of memorable experiences created during Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows, and celebrity appearances.  Macy’s flagship stores – including New York City’s Herald Square – are internationally renowned and preeminent destinations for tourists. With the collective support of our customers and employees, Macy’s builds community and helps make a difference in every market we serve, supporting local and national charities by giving nearly $50 million each year, plus 146,000 hours of volunteer service. For more than 160 years, Macy’s has, and continues to, make life shine brighter for our customers, colleagues, and communities.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macysinc.com/news-media.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.


“A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” Books to be Donated to Virginia School Where Second Lady Karen Pence Teaches Art

The Trevor Project Encourages Immanuel Christian School to Accept LGBTQ Youth

New York, NY — The Trevor Project sent 100 copies of “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo”, an illustrated children’s book that explores topics of acceptance and marriage equality, to Immanuel Christian School, where it was reported that Karen Pence will teach art. The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis organization for LGBTQ young people.

“The Trevor Project hears from young people every day about their experiences with rejection at home and school – places where they should feel the safest,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “We know that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth from rejecting families are more than eight times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. We hope Immanuel Christian School will adopt policies of inclusion for LGBTQ young people that make them feel safe, accepted, and loved.”

Included with the donated books is a heartfelt note that encourages the school’s leaders to accept LGBTQ young people. Immanuel Christian School’s “Essentials of the Faith” parent agreement states that the school can refuse students or discontinue enrollment if they participate in, support, or condone “homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity,” and says they must embrace that marriage is only “between one man and one woman.” Additionally, the school’s “Employment Application” explicitly does not allow its employees to engage is “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” and “transgender identity.”

“As an alumnus of Immanuel Christian School, I am a living example that intolerance, both in policy and rhetoric, are harmful to the mental wellness and development of LGBTQ students, who are desperately looking for ways to fit in,” said Luke Hartman, an out gay man. “The silent and spoken messages of rejection that are constantly felt by LGBTQ students directly impact the relationship they have with their faith, education, and relationships with family and friends — ultimately resulting in a feeling of being less than when compared to their straight and cisgender peers.”

According to the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and nearly half of all trans people have made a suicide attempt — many before the age of 25. A third of all LGB youth are bullied at school, and one tenth of LGB students reported not attending school because of safety concerns.

People can support LGBTQ youth and receive a digital copy of “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo”.

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. Counseling is also available via chat at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678-678.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.


MEDIA CONTACT

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646.576.7044
[email protected]


The Trevor Project & Jussie Smollett Recruit Volunteers For 24/7 Suicide Prevention Services for LGBTQ Youth

20th Anniversary Campaign for Volunteer Crisis Counselors Is Powered by AT&T

New York & Los Angeles — The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, released “How to Save a Life,” a new national campaign that encourages supporters to apply to become volunteer crisis counselors for TrevorText and TrevorChat, the organization’s free and confidential text and web chat support services for LGBTQ youth. The campaign’s :30-second PSA features artist and activist Jussie Smollett.

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and nearly half of all transgender adults have made a suicide attempt – most before the age of 25. Each year The Trevor Project answers more than 68,000 calls, chats, and texts, but estimates that more than 1.5 million LGBTQ youth experience suicidal ideation and could benefit from its services. Volunteers who sign up through the “How to Save a Life” campaign will increase the organization’s capacity to serve more LGBTQ youth than ever before. The expansion is powered by AT&T’s $1 million commitment, the single largest in The Trevor Project’s 20-year history.

“More LGBTQ youth in crisis are reaching out to us than ever before – many over text and chat, two increasingly prevalent forms of communication for young people,” said Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Just over the last year our youth text conversations have increased by 165%. Training more volunteer crisis counselors will help us connect even more young people with our life-affirming crisis services.”

“It’s heartbreaking to think of the amount of LGBTQ youth out there who feel hopeless and alone, or think they don’t have support,” said Smollett. “Just one supportive person can decrease an LGBTQ youth’s risk of suicide by 30%, and The Trevor Project is giving everyone the amazing opportunity to be that person. I can’t encourage you enough to apply — volunteering your time can literally save lives.”

Volunteers can use a computer and stable internet to support LGBTQ youth from anywhere in the country. To become a volunteer, supporters can apply at TheTrevorProject.org/SaveALife. Successful candidates will complete a series of training courses that meet American Association of Suicidology accreditation guidelines and are designed to prepare volunteers to support LGBTQ youth in crisis. Among the volunteer crisis counselor trainees are AT&T employees from across the country. Employee engagement and volunteerism is an integral part of AT&T’s multi-year commitment to The Trevor Project.

“Our employees have a long history of stepping in to help those in need,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility, AT&T. “The Trevor Project is doing critical work by connecting LGBTQ youth in crisis to those who can help. We’re proud to support the “How to Save a Life” campaign and make these connections possible.”

AT&T’s commitment to The Trevor Project and other initiatives are the latest in its exceptional history of supporting the LGBTQ community. In 1975, AT&T was one of the very first American companies to prohibit discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. Supporting the LGBTQ community is an enduring priority for AT&T, who continuously identifies ways to advocate and foster inclusivity.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

MEDIA CONTACT

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646.576.7044
[email protected]


How You Can Support The Trevor Project for Pride (And Get Some Cool Products Too!)

Celebrate 2018 Pride Month in style with The Trevor Project product partners. Each of these amazing brands is donating proceeds to support our mission of saving young LGBTQ lives. And don’t forget to buy an extra one for your friend or family members!

Gilt

Gilt Pride Collection

Gilt has created a super-cute Pride collection, with everything from tanks and tees to shorts and sandals. 100% of net proceeds from the collection go to Trevor.

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Rumpl

Pride Flag Rumpl Puffy Throw

Show your Pride wherever you need to be cozy with the Rumpl blanket. It’ll add a rainbow splash to your couch, camp, or picnic—and $5 from each blanket is contributed to Trevor.

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Pride Collection

A&F has multiple ways to contribute to Trevor for Pride 2018. Proceeds from their (hella-cute) Pride collection go to Trevor, and this month you can round-up at A&F registers to support Trevor.

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wagamama

proud Juice

This month, wagamama has teamed up with Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy to create a custom juice blend called proud. Delicious, refreshing, and 100% of profits go to Trevor!

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Dr. Martens

Pride Boots

We don’t know about you, but we need some rainbow boots to march this month (and ya know, to wear every day afterwards). A percentage of proceeds from Dr. Martens’ Pride boots go to Trevor.

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Marine Layer

Pride Tee

Rock Marine Layer’s super-soft Pride tee at the parade, at the office, at the beach this summer…pretty much anywhere. $15 per shirt is donated to Trevor.

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Lemonade Insurance

Who knew that getting insured could also involve giving back? Lemonade’s renters and homeowners insurance policy donates any unclaimed premium back to The Trevor Project.

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Queer Qrosswords

Puzzle Party anyone? When you donate $10 to The Trevor Project, you get access to 22 LGBTQ+-themed crossword puzzles through Queer Qrosswords.

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Sock Problems

Rainbow Pow

Get Pride-ready, express yourself, and sock hate in the process! Sock Problems donates 25% of proceeds from their “Rainbow Pow” socks back to Trevor—not just this June but year-round!

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RompHim

Pride Romper

For all of June, Romphim is offering 10% off of your purchase—or donate that $ to The Trevor Project! Grab their limited edition Pride Romper or another of their creative designs.

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Shake Shack

Pride Capsule Collection

Love Shack, Baby! Shake Shack is celebrating Pride all month long with a limited-edition Pride capsule collection, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Trevor. They’re also spinning up the Pride Shake, available on the Shack App in June, with $1 from every shake benefiting The Trevor Project.

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Warby Parker

Haskell Prism Frames

Launching June 8, this limited-edition collection features an all-time favorite Warby Parker frame decked out in six new bright, summery hues inspired by the rainbow–a meaningful symbol of diversity and solidarity. In that spirit, Warby Parker will make a special donation to The Trevor Project to commemorate and celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

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rag & bone

Shop for a Cause

rag & bone is hosting a series of Pride events throughout June—and 10% of sales from these events go to Trevor. Come shop, celebrate, and check out the window displays by artist Tyler Wallach.

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SoulCycle

Pride Packs

This June, for every Pride pack sold, SoulCycle will donate 5% of sales to The Trevor Project, up to $100,000 and donate one SoulCycle pass to a Trevor volunteer. See you on a bike!

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Wildfang

Wild Feminist Pride Tee

For the month of June, Wildfang is donating a portion of proceeds from their badass Wild Feminist collection to Trevor. They even have a special Pride tee for you to rock.

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Chronicle Books and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver present: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

100% of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 18, 2018― A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is a children’s picture book that imagines the story of Marlon Bundo, the Bunny of the United States (BOTUS), who meets the bunny of his dreams.

Published by Chronicle Books in collaboration with the hit HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the book is being released, coincidentally, the day before Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a different picture book written by Charlotte Pence, the Vice President’s daughter, and illustrated by his wife, Karen Pence. Instead of following around the Vice President, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo follows a day in the life of the BOTUS, as he falls in love with another bunny, Wesley. The two decide to wed, only to be told by the Stink Bug in charge that same-sex marriage is not allowed. When Marlon, Wesley and their supportive animal community realize that they can choose who is in charge of their society, they vote out the Stink Bug and the couple is married surrounded by their friends. With its message of tolerance and advocacy this children’s picture book beautifully explores issues of marriage equality and democracy.

“We were lucky enough to get the call,” said Sarah Malarkey, Executive Editorial Director at Chronicle Books. “Because we wholeheartedly agree with the message of inclusiveness, we leapt at the chance to partner with the hilarious and brave team at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

“This book has an important message for all LGBTQ youth: That they are worthy of love and should be proud of who they are. That’s a message we can all believe in,” said Amit Paley, the CEO of The Trevor Project. “We are so grateful to be the beneficiary of books sold. The funds raised through the sales of this book will help us continue to operate our 24/7 life-saving services for LGBTQ youth.”

“We are so grateful to all those involved in the development of this story, and on behalf of the 1.1 million people living with and at risk for HIV in the U.S., we thank them for their generous support,” said AIDS United CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. “By celebrating Marlon Bundo’s differences, the book’s authors have created a powerful tool for teaching young people the value of diversity.”

The audiobook version of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, read by Jim Parsons with special guests Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul, is available on Audible.

To see tonight’s segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, please visit: youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight

The book can be purchased at betterbundobook.com and chroniclebooks.com.

About the Book

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

By Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

ISBN: 978-1-4521-7380-1

Jacketed hardcover, 10 x10 in, 40 pages, full-color illustrations throughout

$18.99 US

About the Author

Marlon Bundo is a very fun bunny who recently relocated to Washington, D.C. from his home in Indiana. He enjoys hopping through the garden, eating all his vegetables, and hula-hooping.

About Chronicle Books

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com. Follow us on Twitter: @ChronicleBooks.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team 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 trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.

About AIDS United

AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. through strategic grant-making, capacity building, formative research and policy. AIDS United works to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS-related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. To date, our strategic grant-making initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities and have leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to HIV prevention, access to care, capacity building, harm reduction and advocacy. For more information, visit www.aidsunited.org.

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How We Celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Trevor Project received essays from Latinx writers about the icons that inspire them. Read their stories, in their own words:

“I was confused until Frida found me. I had a white dad and a Mexican mom, which made me feel like I didn’t belong anywhere. Add to that I was a young queer who was more interested in art than sports. Then I started reading about this incredible queer woman whose dad was from Europe and whose mother was Mestiza, like me. I became obsessed with her deeply expressive self-portraits, the way she used vulnerability as strength. It was once said that Frida’s art is ‘a ribbon wrapped around a bomb.’ Frida reminds me that there is strength in being strange—there is power in the queer, in the Mestiza, in decorating your wounds and making them your own. Throughout her difficult life, she continued to paint, and create, and to unearth wonders in herself, embedded in a person whose politics, queerness, gender, and ethnicity made her ‘other’ in the western world. Thinking of her gives me strength, and in my lowest points, I read her quote: ‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.’ I think we as queer people and brown people can be that too. I’m here as well.”

John Paul Brammer is a writer, speaker, and activist based in New York City. His work has been published in The Guardian, Slate, BuzzFeed, NBC, and many other outlets. His work blends the deeply personal with the political.

 

“Sylvia Rivera refused to be silent. I remember the first time I heard Sylvia Rivera’s speech at the 1973 pride march in NYC. ‘Y’all better quiet down!’ I watched her tell a crowd of predominantly white gay and lesbian onlookers who booed her as she attempted to address them. Sylvia had been trying to get on stage all day to make her message heard only to have organizers attempt to silence her. But Sylvia would not be silent. She took the mic and reminded them of the LGBT people beaten and incarcerated by the police, reminded them of those homeless and hungry on the streets.

That was Sylvia. This Venezuelan, Puerto Rican trans woman would always speak truth to power even when facing adversity within her own community. Perhaps even especially so. She had the strength of someone who survived more in her lifetime than she should ever have had to. And yet, Sylvia gave what little she had to others who had even less. She co-founded STAR, with Marsha ‘Pay It No Mind’ Johnson, a group for transgender women. STAR housed trans women and provided them with food and clothing. It was community of those on the margins drawing themselves into each other.

Her advocacy came out of necessity, first for herself and then for others. There are times that I recenter myself, and my work as an activist, by coming back to Sylvia. It’s then that I hear Sylvia’s screams from the stage to which she fought to be heard: ‘Revolution now!’”

Eliel Cruz is an activist, speaker and writer on religion, LGBT issues, and culture. A leading bisexual activist, Cruz has spoken across the country on the issues pertaining to the bisexual community, media representation, as well as faith and sexuality at universities and conferences alike. His work has been published in Huffington Post, Upworthy, NBC, Mic News, Teen Vogue, and Rolling Stone, The New York Times and many other outlets.

 

“I’ve never felt like all of me could fit into one singular box. As a mixed-race Latinx bisexual femme, the only thing the identities I hold have in common with each other is that I’m constantly straddling borders. In a traditional Latinx household, I am not supposed to recognize my Blackness, own my queerness, or have a ‘frivolous’ career as writer. I am all three and proud. Gloria Anzaldúa is in many ways a patron saint for all of us Latinx folks who live in the middle. We’re not supposed to exist in our Latinx spaces where we’re socialized into complacency with machismo, homophobia and colonialism. Instead, with her work she calls upon us to shape shift, to live authentically and engage with our community in these topics in order to positively influence the minds of our loved ones and in turn, the culture. She tells us, ‘Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.’ The only way I’ve ever known how to move through the world is with my authenticity—explaining who I am and recounting my experiences to others in my communities in hopes that I can debunk the biases they have learned. This, in my opinion, is the only way that our communities will begin to heal. Thank you Gloria, for paving the way for all of us sinverguenzas to live without borders.”

Barbara Alyssa Gonzalez is a native Nuyorican queer femme writer person on the Internet. Currently, she’s an Associate Culture at CASSIUS but has also contributed for Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Latina Magazine, and more.

 

“When I was little both my abuelas liked to say I’d grow up to be president. I never took the suggestion literally but it started to make me uncomfortable after a while. I grew up in a predominantly white community during the era of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, where staying in the closet and oozing ‘American wholesomeness’ seemed like the state-sanctioned method for success. Being queer and Latinx made me feel like our political system wasn’t made for people like me.

To be frank, it isn’t—but people like Raffi Freedman-Gurspan are helping change that. A Jewish Latina born in Honduras, she made history in 2015 as the first trans woman to work as a white house staffer. When elevated to the role of LGBTQ community liaison, Freedman-Gurspan shaped policy that centered underrepresented communities and and worked closely with the president to provide her input on issues facing the country. While POC and LGBTQ individuals still face an uphill battle toward equal standing under the law, thanks to work of people like Raffi we’re reminded of what’s possible when we demand better.

In a year where the president can’t muster the energy to declare June Pride Month, it’s worth remembering what people like Raffi make possible—what she means for little cis queers like me and little trans Latinas like her all over the country. Her achievements can’t be unwritten, they won’t be forgotten, and her impact doesn’t disappear simply because her employer exited the White House. From her position at National Center for Transgender equality, Freedman-Gurspan is still working to make sure there’s space for LGBTQ communities to be heard when some would have us scared silent. She’s a reminder to think big and dream bigger, because there’s nothing that isn’t within your grasp.”

Gabe Gonzalez is a comedian, writer, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. He’s a queer Latinx whose work focuses on politics, sexual health and social justice. He’s currently writing for print and video, with work featured on Remezcla, MTV, and NBC Out. He studied improv and sketch comedy at Second City in 2011 and graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a degree in media studies and film production.

 

“When police burst through the doors of our gay bars and arrested LGBTQ people in the 1960s, one Latinx drag queen and WWII veteran sewed unity within the San Francisco queer community. Back when U.S. states had laws against sodomy, this same activist organized his brothers and sisters across the country and internationally to become a unified political force.

Before there was Harvey Milk, there was José Julio Sarria, the Empress of San Francisco.

After the war, Julio Sarria ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961, and was the first out and proud gay man to run for public office. Let that sink in. A Latinx veteran and drag queen ran for office, lost the election, then set the stage for his friend’s victory for the same seat in 1977. That’s the kind of selfless action that pulls the LGBTQ community together.

While performing as ‘The Nightingale of Montgomery Street,’ Juilio Sarria’s efforts to make LGBTQ people more politically active changed San Francisco. His efforts forced candidates for public office to address the LGBTQ community as a legitimate voter bloc. He took his platform and formed Imperial Courts throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, essentially creating spaces for LGBTQ people to come together, get political and help one another.

Julio Sarria put his life on the line to fight Nazis. He endangered himself again by living openly while running for public office in the 60s. Julio Sarria is not only a creative and political hero for Latinxs aspiring to change the country, but he is also a pioneer for the movement like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

Our wins in the political sphere began with Julio Sarria, and we should never squander the platform he helped build for us.”

Brian Latimer is a Puerto Rican, Catalan and French reporter at MSNBC and NBCNews. They spend their time cutting video, writing for NBCLatino and working to augment Latinx representation on screen and in the newsroom.


Trevor Opposes ACL’s Efforts to Remove Transgender Older Adults from the National Survey

RE: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev); National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)

Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL

The Trevor Project is writing to oppose the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) continued efforts to remove transgender older adults from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). In the wake of overwhelming public opposition to ACL’s March 13, 2017 proposal to entirely erase lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults from the NSOAAP, we commend ACL on its decision to keep the sexual orientation question on the survey. With no rationale or justification, however, ACL continues to propose eliminating the question on gender identity from the survey. The needs and experiences of all transgender individuals, from young people to our elders must be counted. We write to strongly advocate for ACL to add back in the question on gender identity to this survey.

The more we know, the more we can do to make sure that transgender older adults receive the services they deserve. The NSOAAP survey provides critical data on whether federally funded aging programs like meals on wheels, family caregiver support, adult daycare, and senior centers reach all older adults, including transgender older adults. While ACL’s notice in the Federal Register provides no articulation of, information about, or explanation of ACL’s effort to erase transgender older adults from the NSOAAP, what we do know is that ACL will no longer have data on how the aging network is meeting the needs of this population.

The Trevor Project is the leading national nonprofit organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) people. We work to save LGBTQ lives through our accredited free and confidential lifeline; our secure instant messaging services which provide live help and intervention; our social networking community for LGBTQ youth; and our in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources, and advocacy. A San Francisco study has shown that 15% of the LGBTQ elders surveyed had seriously considered suicide within the last year. The study also found that LGBTQ elders had poor physical and mental health.[1] Including gender identity would provide pivotal data that would help guide policies to best serve LGBTQ mental health. The Trevor Project is committed to providing the best crisis intervention services to all LGBTQ people who call us and to meet that goal data collection on the transgender population in federal surveys must continue.

Data, research, and the experience of our colleague organization SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders), its affiliates, and its partners across the country confirm that transgender older adults face a number of barriers to successful aging. While data on transgender older adults is limited, which further makes the case for ACL to continue collecting this information, the data that does exist shows that transgender older adults face higher rates of social isolation and have thinner support networks than their non-transgender peers. The existing research also shows that transgender elders age without a network of welcoming or culturally competent aging, health, and social service providers.

According to Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults, 25% of transgender older adults report having faced discrimination based on their gender identity, transgender older adults face much higher rates of psychological distress than their non-transgender peers, and nearly 50% live at 200% of the federal poverty line or lower.[2] These challenges are compounded by concerns related to caregiving and by limited access to healthcare. Almost one third of transgender people don’t know who will care for them and approximately two thirds fear their access to healthcare will be limited as they get older.[3] As a result, more than half fear they might be denied medical care as they age.[4] Many transgender elders fear health professionals discovering their transgender status—particularly those whose presentation does not conform with their anatomy.[5] These concerns are often reflected in long-term care settings. In a survey on LGBT older adults living in long-term care facilities, more than 10% of respondents said that they, a client, or loved-one had witnessed staff refusing to call transgender residents by their preferred name or pronoun.[6]

A 2001 U.S. Administration on Aging study found that LGBT older adults are 20% less likely than other older adults to have access to government services such as housing assistance, meal programs, food stamps, and senior centers.[7] In other words, despite their greater need for service providers due to their truncated support networks, transgender older adults lack access to culturally competent care and services. Nonetheless, most State Units on Aging are making no systematic efforts to assess and address the needs of this population.[8] The very age of the 16 year-old ACL study we cite further demonstrates the necessity for ACL to collect updated data on whether the aging network is meeting the needs of this population.

Rather than abandoning the efforts that have been made during the last three years, ACL can increase the quality and utility of the data it collects about transgender older adults by learning from the experience of other federal and state agencies that have successfully implemented procedures to collect gender identity information. To that end, we believe the 2014-2016 NSOAAP’s gender identity question (found under DE1a1. “What do you mean by something else?”) can and should be made significantly shorter and, at the same time, more effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (“BRFSS”), which is the largest ongoing health survey system in the world, and its state partners, provide a number of examples of how ACL can successfully identify transgender individuals.[9] The Gender Identity in U.S. Surveillance (GenIUSS) Group provides another, particularly effective, and well-vetted two-step approach to collecting information about gender identity.[10] In short, we encourage ACL to update its approach, rather than abandoning this question, and adopt one of these more effective and efficient means of counting transgender elders.

ACL must continue collecting data on whether the aging network is reaching transgender older adults in order to ensure maximum inclusion of transgender older adults in programs funded under the Older Americans Act (OAA). From State Units on Aging to Area Agencies on Aging, the aging network has asked ACL for more and better data on transgender older adults in the communities it serves.[11] We need more of this data on the experiences and needs of transgender elders in our country—not less of it.

We therefore urge ACL to retain both sexual orientation and gender identity questions in the NSOAAP. Asking a demographic question about gender identity will increase the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected. We further believe that by continuing to collect this data, and learning more about this population, ACL and the aging network will help more members of our older transgender community to live independently, minimize the burden on the aging network, and ultimately save taxpayer resources by reaching those who are most vulnerable.

Sincerely,

Amit Paley

CEO & Executive Director


[1] Adelman, M., Alcedo, M et al. (2014).LGBT Aging at the Golden Gate: San Francisco Policy Issues & Recommendations(pp. 42-43) (United States, City and County of San Francisco, Human Rights Commission). San Francisco, CA: City and County of San Francisco.

[2] Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults. 2017. The Movement Advancement Project and SAGE. http://www.lgbtmap.org/file/understanding-issues-facing-lgbt-older-adults.pdf

[3] Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults. 2017. The Movement Advancement Project and SAGE. http://www.lgbtmap.org/file/understanding-issues-facing-lgbt-older-adults.pdf

[4] Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults. 2017. The Movement Advancement Project and SAGE. http://www.lgbtmap.org/file/understanding-issues-facing-lgbt-older-adults.pdf

[5] Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults, Recommendations for Policy and Practice. 2012. SAGE and NCTE. http://www.sageusa.org/resources/publications.cfm?ID=13

[6] Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults, Recommendations for Policy and Practice. 2012. SAGE and NCTE. Available at http://www.sageusa.org/resources/publications.cfm?ID=13

[7] Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults. 2010. LGBT Movement Advancement Project & Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (MAP & SAGE). Available at http://www.lgbtmap.org/file/improving-the-lives-of-lgbt-older-adults.pdf

[8] A SAGE report found that: State Plans filed by 29 States make no reference whatsoever to LGBT older adults; an additional 12 State Plans have isolated references to LGBT older adults, but do not address specific actions being taken to reach and target this population; and only nine States, and the District of Columbia, specifically address efforts to reach out and target LGBT older adults.

[9] The 2013 Massachusetts SOGI module for the BRFSS includes the following question: Some people describe themselves as transgender when they experience a different gender identity from their sex at birth. For example, a person born into a male body, but who feels female or lives as a woman. Do you consider yourself to be transgender? Yes, transgender, male to female; Yes, transgender, female to male; Yes, transgender, gender non-conforming; or No. See Williams Inst., Best Practices for Asking Questions to Identify Transgender and Other Gender Minorities on Population-based Surveys. Available at http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/geniuss-report-sep-2014.pdf

[10] Survey administrators ask people their sex assigned at birth followed by their current gender identity. See Williams Inst., Best Practices for Asking Questions to Identify Transgender and Other Gender Minorities on Population-based Surveys. Available at http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/geniuss-report-sep-2014.pdf

[11] Choi SK, Meyer IH: LGBT Aging: A Review of Research Findings, Needs, and Policy Implications. 2016. Los Angeles, CA: The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. Available at http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/LGBT-Aging-A-Review.pdf


Give Out Day is April 20th!

The Trevor Project is celebrating Give OUT Day on April 20th, a 24-hour fundraising event that unites the LGBTQ community across America to raise money in support of the LGBTQ community. Since its inception in 2013, over 23,000 individual donors have contributed more than $3 million and supported more than 500 different organizations in every part of the country. LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, from advocacy groups to sports leagues, from community centers to health care nonprofits, have all benefitted.

For The Trevor Project, this year’s Give OUT Day holds extra special meaning.  Only months ago, the volume of youth reaching out to our crisis services surged to its highest level in Trevor’s history. In this time of crisis for our youth, thousands of donors quickly chipped in to help us fully staff our phone, chat, and text crisis lines. Even in these difficult times, these acts of kindness remind us that our young people can count on a diverse support network of LGBTQ friends and allies in 2017.

Our community has the power to save lives. Give OUT Day reminds us that even though we all have different levels of charitable capacity and motivations for giving, every member of our community can make that powerful lifesaving impact. Consider making a one-time gift or a monthly pledge of any amount on Give OUT Day to show our young people that they are never alone.