As one of the greatest leaders in the advancement of civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr. combatted racial inequality with radical nonviolence, a protest tactic inspired by independence leader Mahatma Ghandi and gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. By organizing protests against segregation, poverty, and the Vietnam War, King was consistently of service to others as a minister, activist, and humanitarian. It is for this reason that MLK Day is now recognized as a National Day of Service.
No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your race, gender, or sexuality is, you can be of service any time of the year. But on MLK Day, we want to pause and reflect on all those who contribute to The Trevor Project daily to make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth. Every day at The Trevor Project, volunteers are answering calls, chats, texts, and saving young lives. Those who are of service inspire young people to see the good in themselves so that they can be of service to others. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can be of service.”
While online civil rights movements like #BlackLivesMatter and transgender movements like #SayHerName become the next wave of our civil rights movement, consider how you can contribute to intersectional movements. Whether you make MLK Day or any other day your time to start being of service, there are many ways you can become involved in changing the lives of others through service. For local activities you can take part in on MLK Day, find some in your area. Share your acts of service on MLK Day with the hashtags #ServiceSelfie, #DayofService, and #MLKDay on Twitter and Instagram. Show us how you’re giving back to your community and connecting with others. After all, being of service is a great way to make a positive difference not only on the lives of others, but also yourself.
To pledge a commitment to volunteer this year, consider becoming involved with The Trevor Project. Be a part of our mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth and support the LGBTQ community as a whole. And, in February, follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we share inspiring information during Black History Month.