Education Collaboration Supports All Youth

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

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

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

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


Power On! Campaign Hits the Basketball Court

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

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

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

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

Visit Trvr.org/PowerOn to learn more.


FIFA: Take a Stand Against Homophobia

The Trevor Project joins our partners in solidarity as we ask FIFA, the organizing body of the World Cup, to speak out against the use of homophobic slurs and chants during the games. Learn more about the #StoptheSlurs campaign, HERE.

Open Letter to FIFA

Joseph S. Blatter, President
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
FIFA-Strasse 20,
P.O. Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland

July 11, 2014

Dear President Blatter,

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and its allies were extremely disappointed and surprised by FIFA’s recent decision to affirm use of the anti-gay slur ‘puto.’ Conapred, Mexico’s anti-discrimination agency, has come out strongly stating that the word is offensive and hurtful, so it is perplexing that FIFA has determined otherwise.

Sadly, the negative effect of your decision quickly manifested. During the 23 June telecast of the World Cup, fans of team Mexico chanted ‘puto’ more times than ever, along with other anti-gay slurs like ‘culero.’ FIFA seems only to have popularized words that, in many parts of the Spanish-speaking world, mean “faggot.” In countries where it is not specifically an anti-gay epithet, it is a very offensive pejorative, which expresses misogynistic attitudes.

FIFA’s own statutes specify that it would expel fans for discriminatory behavior, yet you are taking no action whatsoever. Economic sanctions against the teams surely are not the only means by which to take a stand. By not addressing the use of anti-gay slurs in advance of the World Cup and by not speaking out against their use now, FIFA is endangering the wellbeing of LGBT sports fans both in its venues, as well as those watching at home. FIFA has also put television networks in an awkward position, forcing them to undermine their own corporate values by airing words that offend countless audience members. Similarly, some World Cup sponsors and advertisers have been forced to compromise their own values, which demand respect for LGBT people and customers.

As groups such as the undersigned have worked to address homophobic behavior at sports games, we have seen organizations step forward and take a stand. Univision read a strong statement on air before and during the half time of the recent Mexico v. Netherlands match that demonstrated the network’s commitment to making broadcasts safe for all fans. ESPN also addressed this issue on air. Both broadcasters have stated, however, that they cannot control the feeds that FIFA provides — and so the ball is back in your court.

FIFA now has the opportunity to do more by creating messages that make your position clear and uphold your own statutes, which prohibit discrimination.

Previously, FIFA was asked to take part in a public education campaign to help eradicate anti-gay slurs from your games. That call was ignored, however. If FIFA continues to turn its head the other way and tacitly condone anti-gay discrimination, we will be left with no choice but to express our very grave concern to your sponsors, several of which have a long history of speaking out against anti-LGBT bias.

FIFA must take decisive action to eliminate anti-LGBT slurs from its venues and stop disregarding the concrete harm these slurs inflict on countless fans.

Yours truly,
Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD
Christina Kahrl, GLAAD National Board of Directors
Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
Rea Carey, Executive Director, The Task Force
Alex Nogales, President and CEO, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO, The Trevor Project
Gabriel Blau, Executive Director, Family Equality Council
Michael Silverman, Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy, Women’s Sports Foundation
Anna Aagenes, Executive Director, GO! Athletes
Alison Doerfler, Executive Director, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Inc.
Nevin Caple, Co-founder and Executive Director, Br{ache the Silence
Les Johnson, Vice President, Federation of Gay Games
Jeff Sheng, FearlessProject.org
Cyd Zeigler, Co-Founder, Outsports
Ari Gutierrez Arambula, Chairperson, Latino Equality Alliance
Luis Ignacio Guzman, Vice President, CODISE A.C. (Mexico)
Esteban Paulón, President, Federación Argentina de Lesbianas Gays Bisexuales y Trans (Argentina)
Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Director of Communications, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Antonio Medina Trejo and Jorge Cerpa Velázquez, AM Comunicación e Información (Mexico)
Rev. Nancy Wilson, Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, DignityUSA
Alex Patchin McNeill, Executive Director, More Light Presbyterians
Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry
Rev. Harry Knox, President and CEO, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Yolanda Elliott, President, Seventh Day Adventist Kinship International
Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Executive Director, Nehirim


Trevor Youth Honored at Trailblazer Awards

On Thursday, June 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET, tune in to watch the inaugural Trailblazer Awards on Logo TV. The Trevor Project is proud to partner with Logo for this inaugural event, which honors four young leaders in the LGBTQ movement as “Young Trailblazers.”

Honorees include Cason Crane, (Trevor Youth Innovator Award Honoree); Jazz (TrevorLIVE Award Recipient); Jordan Scruggs (former Trevor YAC member); and Adam White (Trevor Youth Innovator Award Honoree). The show also honors Edie Windsor and Roberta KaplanJason Collins, and the cast of Orange is the New Black.

During the show, we are also excited to premier a new PSA created by YouTube stars Matthew LushNick LawsRyan James YezakDavey WaveyMiles JaiKingsley, and Will and RJ!

All of these inspiring participants have helped make the world a better place for LGBTQ youth – but we still have many challenges to overcome. To help us move forward, Logo is asking for your support. Visit trvr.org/Logo to donate to help The Trevor Project reach thousands of young people who feel isolated, alone, and hopeless. Every dollar you give makes a difference!

You can also learn more about Logo’s Young Trailblazer honorees by watching and sharing their video on www.LogoTV.com/trailblazers.


Trevor Joins MTV

Liam, Karma and Amy

Trevor is honored to be partnered with MTV for their new show, “Faking It,” a teen-targeted romantic comedy that addresses what it means to be true to who you are and who you love. We are excited that Trevor’s relationship with MTV continues to grow in a positive direction to empower all youth.

“Faking It” show runner, Carter Covington has been volunteering to help save lives with The Trevor Project for several years. It stuck with Carter that even if a young person is in an accepting environment, they may still be at risk to attempt suicide, which is why “Faking It” is working together with The Trevor Project and other organizations that support vulnerable youth, including LGBTQ youth.

Carter said, “Volunteering for Trevor, I have seen firsthand the vital services and hope they provide LGBTQ youth.  When I wrote ‘Faking It’, I wanted the show to have the same message as the one Trevor delivers every day – that it’s OK to be exactly who you are, without shame or fear. And for anyone watching whose high school isn’t as open and accepting as the one in our show, I’m thankful they’ll have access to Trevor’s life-saving resources.”

The Trevor Project is proud to share positive and affirming resources with fans of the show through MTV Act. Stay tuned for the show’s premiere on April 22nd at 10:30/9:30 Central!


Trevor Partners for Good

The Trevor Project is proud to partner with unite4:good along with the ASPCA, The Clinton Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, UNICEF, and several other incredible organizations to positively influence our society by sharing kindness, love, and empowerment.

unite4:good is global movement to unite all people in bringing more good to the world through action, creating new programs, and uniting organizations in innovative ways. As part of this partnership, unite4:good has granted The Trevor Project $100,000 to support our mission to end suicide among LGBTQ youth and ensure that every young person chooses to have a tomorrow.

Partner Bus

 

“We sometimes forget how vulnerable humanity can be,” said Anthony Melikhov, founder of unite4:good. “Organizations like The Trevor Project remind us of the effect that a single human being can have on another.”

This spring The Trevor Project is hitting the road for the unite4:good National Bus Tour. It promises to be a great opportunity to share Trevor’s life-saving, life-affirming work with youth in several major U.S. cities, and we’re looking forward to providing inspiration and resources as we work to make the world a kinder place for LGBTQ youth. Stay tuned for where the tour is headed by visiting www.unite4good.org/events/bus-tour-2014.

We hope to see you there!


Suicidology Conference Brings Experts Together

In the suicide prevention field, the American Association of Suicidology’s annual conference brings together experts, researchers, mental health professionals, crisis services providers, educators, and advocates.

On April 9th in Los Angeles, we are enthusiastic to join these groups as the leading national organization on suicide prevention for LGBTQ young people.

The 47th annual conference provides an ideal place for Trevor to share our innohttps://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/vative work surrounding LGBTQ youth suicide prevention and cultural competency in crisis work, learn about leading best practices to help inform our future work, and build lasting collaborations with like-minded organizations.

This year, we will be presenting three unique workshops about public health, reducing suicide risk factors through advocacy, and Trevor’s new Model Policy on Suicide Prevention. In education, we’ll be partnering with Kognito Interactive to share how virtual education can revolutionize the way teachers, administrators, and youth are trained to prevent a crisis.

As part of the event, on April 9th, Trevor is co-hosting a reception with Los Angeles-based crisis service centers, TEEN LINE and Didi Hirsch, where crisis workers from around the country can network and share ideas. Then on April 11th, we will be hosting a gathering exclusively for conference attendees at the iconic West Hollywood destination, The Abbey, (conference credential required).

We look forward to sharing the results of this upcoming conference with you as we continue working for a future without LGBTQ youth suicide. Thank you for helping The Trevor Project to become a powerful voice in suicide prevention.

The Trevor Project also thanks The Abbey, Absolut, and the West Hollywood Visitors Bureau for their support of our AAS conference reception.