#GivingTuesday Success

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

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This year, The Trevor Project participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to causes that make a difference. Thanks to supporters like you, we are so honored to say that we received thousands of dollars in donations online throughout the day in support of our life-saving work.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants also offered Trevor supporters a special offer as an extension of their own Giving Tuesday campaign, helping to make the day an even bigger success and expand our reach even more. Every dollar is so important, and helps support the young people who reach out to us for help – especially during the holiday season, which can be such a difficult time for LGBTQ youth.

Not only did we raise funds, we raised awareness. Through our multi-channel #GivingTuesday campaign over social media, we engaged thousands of people and spread the word about what The Trevor Project is all about: saving lives, and building a brighter future; and that is truly invaluable. To everyone who gave, thank you so much!

Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

The Trevor Project Executive Director and CEO Abbe Land was recently featured in The Huffington Post, where she talked about Transgender Awareness Week.

Click here to read Abbe’s full article, and learn what Trevor did to recognize this important week.

Trevor Goes Purple!

SpiritdayThe Trevor Project is going purple on the 16th in support of Spirit Day, a national day of awareness that sends a message of solidarity to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who experience bullying.

“The Trevor Project is proud to support GLAAD’s Spirit Day, and remind LGBTQ youth that our programs are just a call or chat away. We know that the relationship between bullying and suicide is complicated, and we offer non-judgmental support to all LGBTQ young people who need our help. No one deserves to feel alone, unwanted, or discriminated against – and that’s why we’re here.” said Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project.

You can show LGBTQ youth that you care about their wellbeing too! Visit www.GLAAD.org/SpiritDay to turn your Twitter or Facebook profile picture purple, and join the Spirit Day movement.

Once you go purple, you can also share your new picture on Donate a Photo – an app created by Johnson & Johnson that allows users to upload one photo per day in support of a cause, like The Trevor Project. For every photo you upload, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to Trevor’s life-saving work!*

You can upload one phone every day until November 30th, when the fundraising campaign ends. Download the app and get started, here: www.donateaphoto.com. On behalf of the youth we serve, thank you so much for your support!

To read more about the complex relationship between bullying and suicide, read through Trevor’s 2013 op-ed in The Advocate, where our Vice President of Programs explores this nuanced topic.

* Johnson & Johnson has curated a list of trusted causes, and you can donate a photo to one cause, once a day. Each cause will appear in the app until it reaches its goal of $16,000 or the donation period ends. If the goal isn’t reached, the cause will still get a minimum donation of $8,000.

LGBTQ Youth Release Video in Support of “Power On” Campaign

Initiative by Straight But Not Narrow, The Trevor Project and human I-T provides computers to underprivileged LGBTQ teens

September 23, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) — Today, a group of youth who are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) and who are members of The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council released two new videos in support of the technology donation campaign called, “Power On” (#PowerOn). These new, inspiring videos encourage young people to donate their laptops, tablets and smart phones to Power On and help bring technology and online resources to at-risk LGBTQ teens.

“Through the internet we access life-affirming resources, find role models, and meet friends who share our experiences. I worked with other members of the Trevor Youth Advisory Council to create these testimonial videos because online resources and online communities like TrevorSpace.org and other social media were, and continue to be, indispensable sources of support for us as LGBTQ youth,” said Thomas Woermer, a student-athlete at American University organizing the Power On campaign for his community project with The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council.

The Power On campaign, which was announced in August by Josh Hutcherson of Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN), is a partnership of SBNN, The Trevor Project and human I-T that seeks to provide LGBTQ youth in shelters and community centers with access to computers and important online resources. Donated hardware is refurbished, free of charge, by human I-T with the latest up-to-date security and open-source technology, as well as resources for LGBTQ youth, including access to The Trevor Project’s accredited instant messaging service for youth in crisis, TrevorChat, and the organization’s social networking platform for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Other pre-loaded resources will connect LGBTQ youth to CenterLink, the national network of LGBT community centers, the GSA Network, GLSEN, PFLAG, Gender Diversity, Lambda Legal, and more.

The newly refurbished laptops, smart phones, and tablets donated through Power On will be distributed to LGBTQ centers and shelters around the country that serve rural and underprivileged communities. The Power On campaign is collecting donations of hardware through “LGBT Spirit Day” on October 16, 2014. Information about hardware donation and about registering a homeless youth shelter or youth community center to receive a Power On donation is available at Trvr.org/PowerOn and human-i-t.org/ally.

“A donated smartphone, tablet or computer can give a young person the support they need to be who they are, to ask for help, and to power on,” said Woermer. “We hope you will be inspired to join the campaign by watching and sharing our videos, and let us know how you are helping LGBTQ youth Power On [#PowerOn] on Instagram and Twitter.”

Straight But Not Narrow:
Founded in 2011, Straight But Not Narrow has quickly become a leading ally organization.  With the help of celebrities and other young influencers, SBNN is a 501c3 non-profit charity primarily focused on straight youth & young adults, and strives to positively influence the perception of, and behavior toward, their LGBT peers. www.wearesbnn.com @WeAreSBNN (Twitter)

The Trevor Project:
Founded sixteen years ago by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project has become the nation’s leading organization providing accredited crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24 on the phone, through text and IM. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org, and follow us on Twitter @TrevorProject and Instagram.com/TrevorProject.

human I-T:
At human¬-I¬-T our mission is simple; transform unwanted or inoperative technology into operational and educational tools for the millions in need. Too many people are getting left behind as the digital age moves forward, and our society suffers. human¬-I¬-T services individuals, businesses & corporations by giving them the ability to go beyond recycling to make a difference – all while providing 100% Data Security. It is absolutely crucial that our communities and businesses are donating any unwanted technology, so it may be reused by others in need. Learn more at smarthuman.org. Follow us @right2tech.

MEDIA CONTACT: Laura McGinnis (323-423-7405; [email protected] / [email protected])

The Best 4-Letter Word I Know

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

Shared via The Huffington Post

I have a favorite 4-letter word that packs a powerful punch. No, it isn’t one that TV censors would rush to *bleep* out, nor is it a word that writers replace with %*#’s and [email protected]%’s. However, it does carry a “bad word” stigma that it doesn’t deserve. The word in question is, surprisingly, “Help.”

This simple 4-letter word is loaded with insinuations and implications. Throughout our childhoods, many of us learn that asking for help is a sign of weakness; a loss of pride and respect that implies an inability to overcome something tough in our lives. It becomes a word that is hushed, discouraged, and shamed among our most powerful leaders to our youngest students, and only accepted in the most dire of emergency situations. Yet in truth, it is one of the bravest, strongest words a person may ever say.

Thankfully, for the past 16 years, hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ youth have bravely asked The Trevor Project for help – but we can only guess that this number is a fraction of those who still need us. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people often have fewer safe places and people to trust when they need support. Not only that, but fears of being rejected, discriminated against, or blocked from accessing resources can all be strong help-seeking deterrents. Even so, no problem is too big or too small to deserve life-affirming support – and that’s where The Trevor Project comes in.

To show LGBTQ youth that “help” is just a call or click away, The Trevor Project is launching its latest campaign for National Suicide Prevention Month this September. It’s called “Ask for Help,” a life-affirming campaign based on a series of public service announcements featuring young people reaching out to their friends, teachers, parents or counselors when they need help. Through these short videos, available at OktoAsk.org, we seek to empower youth and let them know that not only is it ok to ask for help – but when you do, suddenly they’re not alone.

Through the Ask for Help campaign, Trevor is urging LGBTQ young people who may be suicidal or in crisis to call the Trevor Lifeline, available at 1-866-488-7386 (available 24/7, 365 days a year) or reach out over TrevorChat and TrevorText (select weekly hours). Counselors are standing by, ready to listen. If you need support but are older than 24, or do not identify as LGBTQ or questioning, we encourage you to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or through their chat service.

Today, I need your help. During National Suicide Prevention Month this September, please join me and thousands of others as we make sure LGBTQ youth in crisis know that it’s ok to ask for help – and that if they need support, Trevor is here.  Visit OktoAsk.org and take a Supportive Selfie, share our empowering PSAs, and use #AskforHelp in your posts. You can also read through our “Help Others” section to learn the warning signs of suicide, apply to become a Trevor volunteer, and discover specific tools for educators that can help save lives.

It’s time to shed light on this seemingly forbidden 4-letter word, and shift its reputation from “bad” to “best.” There is so much power behind this one, subtle statement – Help – and you have the power to make sure it’s no longer pushed aside. Share the message; change the conversation; save young lives. All you have to do is help.

To join the Ask for Help campaign, find resources, and spread the message visit OktoAsk.org.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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!

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.

Care with Pride™ and Support Trevor

During Pride season, supporting The Trevor Project is as easy as re-stocking your healthcare and personal care essentials! The Care with Pride™ initiative from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is giving you the chance to redeem specially marked coupons online that will donate $1 to our life-saving work.

The Care with Pride™ campaign, created by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, connects The Trevor Project, PFLAG, and the Family Equality Council in a unique partnership that focuses on cultivating respect and equality for the LGBT community. In addition, the campaign raises awareness about the health and wellbeing of all youth, and inspires people to “pay it forward” by donating to make a difference.

We are so proud to be a part of this national partnership, alongside these two LGBTQ nonprofit leaders. Visit carewithpride.com to learn more about Care with Pride™, redeem coupons that offer $55 in savings, and give your support!

Trevor Joins United Nations Pride Event

As a part of LGBT Pride Month, The Trevor Project is proud to have partnered with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in an event to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. Hosted by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, this educational experience took place at Roosevelt House at Hunter College in New York, NY on Thursday, June 26

Trevor volunteers, Alyx Steadman (a former leader of the YAC) and Zachary Quinto, both spoke alongside LGBT activist Bill Bahlman and discussed the domestic and international progress we’ve made for LGBT citizens since 1969. However, they also underscored the work left to achieve before rejection, discrimination, and hate are a thing of the past.

“The phones at The Trevor Project still keep ringing day and night,” said U.S. Ambassador Power, after highlighting her commitment to tackle these challenges. “So long as those phones keep ringing, we still have work left to do.”

If you missed the live event, you can walk the recording below.