Victoria Justice Supports The Trevor Project

#AskForHelp is the message of The Trevor Project’s new PSA campaign. Too often, we’re afraid to ask for help when we really need it. After all, asking for help isn’t always easy. Figuring out where to start or who to turn to can be overwhelming and we may not want to bother anyone with our worries or fears.

But the truth about asking for help is that no problem is too big or too small. There are helpers everywhere – parents, teachers, adults, counselors, neighbors, religious leaders and Trevor counselors – who are there to listen when you need support. Asking for help may be scary, but it’s also one of the bravest things you can do.

Ask for Help – It’s the first step to getting the support you need. Are you ready to ask for help? Contact The Trevor Project to talk with a trained counselor at 1-866-488-7386.


Trevor Celebrates Women Leaders and Activists Nationwide

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

Women’s History Month is a crucial time for us to reflect on the woman-identified people in our history who, despite discrimination and inequality, made enormous strides worldwide. Today, I feel fortunate to recognize just a few of the powerful female leaders who helped make The Trevor Project possible.

Peggy Rajski

Peggy Rajski directed and co-produced TREVOR, the film that inspired our mission. In 1998 Peggy co-founded The Trevor Project, was the interim executive director and has continually served on Trevor’s Board of Directors as a passionate advocate for LGBTQ youth in crisis. We are so grateful for her vision and commitment to supporting The Trevor Project as we save young lives.

Brenda Freiberg

Brenda Freiberg was one of our earliest Board Chairs. As an award-winning AIDS activist, she helped grow our organization during a time when the Board of Directors meetings were held in her own home! It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since then, due in part to her leadership.

Meredith Kadlec

As the first out lesbian Board Chair at The Trevor Project, Meredith brought a unique and valuable perspective to the forefront. Through her leadership, we were able to expand Trevor’s services and programs and lay the foundation for a strategic plan that would carry us into the future.

Throughout the LGBTQ nonprofit world, women are also standing at the forefront of key issues in the community – like Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director; Rea Carey, the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force; Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the National Black Justice Coalition and Lorri L. Jean, the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, to name a few.

And of course, there are the hundreds upon hundreds of women nationwide who are helping to create a better to tomorrow for youth everywhere. On our social media we will be highlighting just a few who have made an impact on our society. To them all, we are so grateful. Thank you!


In February, Spread Love and Reduce Loneliness

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

In the 28 days of February, our nation recognizes Valentine’s Day to share the power of love, American Heart Month to encourage wellbeing, and Black History Month to highlight Black leaders who have – and are – making a difference in our world.

The Trevor Project is featuring several Black heroes from the LGBTQ and ally community on social media to express the importance of this awareness month for youth; we are also sharing a new video by Trevor supporter and NCIS actress Pauley Perrett called “Beautiful Child” to help spread love and support on Valentine’s Day.

Still, it is still far too common for our society to gloss over or erase the stories of diverse advocates, heroes, inventors, scientists, and more; especially when these people identify as LGBTQ. For LGBTQ youth of color, this can be uniquely challenging. The often small handful of diverse leaders taught by teachers, parents, and peers dramatically shrinks when an L, G, B, T, or Q is added. Sometimes, it may seem like no one in our history is like them, at all.

We can all help reduce this isolation by spreading awareness of incredible LGBTQ and ally people of color who have made great strides and accomplishments in our world. Like Bayard Rustin, the civil rights organizer and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. who helped lead the 1963 march on Washington. Or Josephine Baker, a WWII spy and famous entertainer who said: “All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice.”

During Black History Month and throughout the months to come, help spread love and support by elevating the voices of history’s leaders who are not often heard. For some young people who feel like they don’t belong, it may truly be life-saving.


Pauley Perrett Releases New Song for The Trevor Project

Around Valentine’s Day, NCIS actress Pauley Perrett released a new song called “Beautiful Child” to spread awareness of The Trevor Project, and our life-saving mission. Long-time Trevor supporter, Lance Bass joined Pauley for the song’s music video along with Criminal Minds actress Kirstin Vangsness, Calpernia Addams, Kevin Lawson, and more.

“Beautiful Child” sends a message of love to every young person, and lets listeners know that someone out there cares. At the end of the song’s music video, viewers are encouraged to call the Trevor Lifeline if they are ever feeling suicidal or need help.

“I can’t tell you how many times a song, or music, has saved my life,” said Pauley. “It’s those little melodies that carry you through the hardest times. Music can translate a message that, in some ways, is even more impactful than spoken or written words.”

Pauley continued, “The negative messages around us, telling people that being LGBTQ is wrong, are not the truth. Our goal is to help reach youth who need to hear that they are beautiful, just the way they are. As the song says, ‘Know you are loved. Don’t be scared.'”

To watch the video for “Beautiful Child,” click here to visit Pauley’s YouTube page!


Tyler Oakley’s Birthday Fundraiser Supports LGBTQ Futures

You may remember last year, when Tyler Oakley used his birthday to fundraise for The Trevor Project. This year, he’s repeating his generous campaign; and we are so grateful.

It’s amazing to see so many people come together to help empower the futures of LGBTQ youth in crisis. So far, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised with 42 days to go. Thousands of people are getting involved and are giving what they can to Tyler’s cause. As a “thank you” to the people who are donating, Tyler is offering postcards, campaign t-shirts, signed photos, personal Skype calls, and more.

Tyler has been involved with The Trevor Project for many years, and as his celebrity has grown he has continued to support our mission. Whether it’s been hosting our TrevorLIVE red carpet event alongside Shira Lazar (What’s Trending), meeting with our Trevor Youth Advisory Council, or taking the stage to accept the Trevor Youth Innovator Award (June 2013), Tyler has helped make a difference for The Trevor Project while sending a crucial message to LGBTQ youth: you are not alone.

Thank you, Tyler!


TrevorLIVE Photos Are Here!

So many incredible celebrities, leaders, and supporters came out to attend TrevorLIVE Los Angeles at the Palladium this past Sunday, December 7. Over the course of the evening, we recognized our 16 years of service and honored Yahoo (Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award), Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC (Trevor Hero Award), and Skylar Kergil (Trevor Youth Innovator Award).

Here are just a few of the guests who came to support The Trevor Project!

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: TV personality Kelly Osbourne attends “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kelly Osbourne
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Coolidge attends “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Coolidge
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (L) and Justin Mikita attend “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Justin Mikita
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Actress Katherine Heigl attends “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Katherine Heigl
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Actress Sarah Hyland attends “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sarah Hyland
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Internet personality Tyler Oakley and TV personality Shira Lazar attend “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyler Oakley; Shira Lazar
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Director Peggy Rajski, CEO of The Trevor Project Abbe Land and screenwriter James Lecesne attend “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Peggy Rajski; Abbe Land; James Lecesne
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Actress Brittany Snow attends “TrevorLIVE LA” Honoring Robert Greenblatt, Yahoo and Skylar Kergil for The Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brittany Snow

If you attended the red carpet, you can find your photo HERE.


#GivingTuesday Success

By: Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO

Giving Tuesday logo

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.

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