Corporate Spotlight: Astellas

When The Trevor Project set out to expand suicide prevention and crisis intervention services in the Midwest last year, global pharmaceutical company Astellas was simultaneously looking to support diverse initiatives such as ours through their Employee Resource Group (ERG) Together As One (TAO).

As we work with Astellas to expand our volunteer base in Chicago and build up our ambassador program of young professionals making a difference, we are strengthening our TrevorChat program in the city.

“Together, we share a mutual goal – to end suicide among LGBTQ youth while supporting their well-being – and we can’t accomplish that mission without building new partnerships that further strengthen our ability to provide lifesaving help,” says Executive Director and CEO Abbe Land.

By supporting events such as our most recent mixer at Roscoe’s, in collaboration with longtime supporters Bank of America and Deloitte, Astellas is also helping us establish more fundraising and corporate partnerships in Chicago.

Linda Friedman, Executive Sponsor of TAO ERG, says, “Being a young person is hard; being a teenager while dealing with sexual identity or gender acceptance issues can be especially traumatic. That’s why we have partnered with The Trevor Project to provide financial and volunteer support to further the mission of ending suicide among the LGBTQ community.”

With a top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, Astellas continues to increase their involvement with more LGBTQ projects such as Trevor’s. We are excited to see where our new collaboration takes us and look forward to working with them for our upcoming May event and more in Chicago.


Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Week

During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, The Trevor Project’s staff celebrated our amazing volunteers with awards, social media features, and enormous gratitude.

In New York, staff held a Volunteer Awards Ceremony where veteran volunteers for Trevor Lifeline were honored with trophies and MVP volunteers for Lifeguard Workshops, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, Pride celebrations, as well as administration volunteers were given 5 year anniversary pins and MVP awards. Food ranged from empanadas and yucca bites to veggie skewers and cake.

“Volunteer appreciation is important because volunteers are the heart of The Trevor Project,” said Jennifer Dugan, Trevor’s new Community Engagement Coordinator. “They make our services possible!”

NextGen New York members also held a ceremony at Viacom. “Trevor All Star” awards were given to NextGen leaders and volunteers who’ve gone above and beyond in their duties. Food and drinks were provided and an after party was hosted at a nearby venue.

Los Angeles volunteers also celebrated during a Volunteer Awards Ceremony at Broadstone Candara, a beautiful donated space in Hollywood, where passed appetizers were donated by Marino Ristorante. Here, a wide range of volunteers from all aspects of the organization were honored with certificates, pins, and trophies. Later, volunteers gathered at Sassafras Saloon in Hollywood for an after party.

Danielle Orner, Trevor’s Community Engagement Associate in Los Angeles, said, “We ask so much from our volunteers, who will spend approximately 150 hours training and supporting LGBTQ youth. So many of them go above and beyond to participate in fundraising, additional programs, and mentorship. Each volunteer’s passion, commitment, and talent are invaluable to preventing suicide nationwide.”

Are you interested in volunteering for The Trevor Project? Visit Trvr.org/Volunteer to learn more!


Corporate Partner Spotlight: Toyota

This past February, Toyota stepped out to support The Trevor Project once again when they raffled off a Scion FR-S to benefit our life-saving work. The $26,000 car was featured at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles this past December, where guests were invited to purchase raffle tickets and earn a chance to win the sleek new model. The winner was announced at a celebratory event that was hosted by Lisa Vanderpump at PUMP West Hollywood.

The Trevor Project’s relationship with Toyota spans many years, and the corporation continues to help support the LGBT community and The Trevor Project. The company’s passion for fostering a culture of equality at their own workplace is widely known, and Toyota has continuously been given a score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index.

For the past two years, Toyota has been a sponsor of TrevorLIVE, including sponsoring the Red Carpet Live Stream; and in 2014, Toyota was honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award for their public support and commitment to advancing empowering, inclusive messages for the LGBT community.

In the same year, Trevor was added as a partner to Toyota’s employee giving options, which includes a select group of charitable organizations that are chosen by the employees themselves. Toyota Financial also helped support the Trevor Youth Advisory Council by sponsoring their annual conference in Los Angeles, which brought together young LGBTQ and ally innovators from around the country.

Thanks to the support of corporations like Toyota, The Trevor Project is able to grow and reach more LGBTQ youth in crisis. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a corporate partner or sponsor, click HERE. Together, we can work to save lives!


#CelebrateKindness During GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week 2015

January 19 through January 23 is GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week (#NNCW15), and if you have 30 minutes and a computer, you can help foster respect, inclusion, and acceptance for LGBTQ youth in your community.

The Trevor Project and Kognito have partnered to create Step In, Speak Up! , an online interactive experience that helps educators and other youth-serving adults end anti-LGBTQ harassment and reach out to support LGBTQ youth. During #NNCW15 and throughout the year, this training is available at Trvr.org\OnlineTrainings.

LGBTQ youth are seven times more likely to experience verbal and physical violence than non-LGBTQ youth1, and about 28% of LGBTQ youth say they dropped out of school to escape violence and harassment – that’s three times the national average2. These staggering numbers need to change, and we need your help to make schools a safer place filled with trusted adults.

First, check out the map below to see if your state has free access to Step In, Speak Up! Whether you’re a student, educator, parent, or friend, you can help create a safer school environment free of name-calling, harassment, and bias – and that can be life-saving. If you don’t have free access, you can purchase training in the Kognito store. Every store purchase helps support our mission through a donation to The Trevor Project.

Students: Share Step In, Speak Up! with your favorite teachers, your school’s nurse or guidance counselor, your coaches, and other adults in your school.

Educators: Create an account and complete the30-minute Step In, Speak Up! training program to practice responding to biased comments, supporting a student who comes out, and connecting distressed students to appropriate support services (like The Trevor Project).

Parents and Friends: Let your school administration and community know about the availability of this program, and share the access information with educators who can participate.

How To Access Free Trainings
Delaware: http://delaware.kognito.com/
Fairfax County, VA: http://fairfax.kognito.com/
Hawaii: email [email protected] for enrollment info
Illinois: http://illinois.kognito.com/k12/
Iowa: http://iowa.kognito.com/
Maryland: http://md.kognito.com/
New York City: https://respectforall.kognito.com/
San Bernardino County, CA: email [email protected] for enrollment info

You can learn more about the Kognito programs and our partnership here.

1. Lazear, K (2009). Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Making Communication Work for You.
2. Kosciw, J.G., Diaz, E.M., and Greytak, E. A. (2008). The 2007 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.


#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!


To Our Supporters: Thank You!

During this season of thanks, we wanted to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people who help make The Trevor Project possible.

To our incredible volunteers – Thank you for your time, dedication, and commitment to saving young lives. Because of you, LGBTQ youth have a safe place to turn to for help and are never truly alone; and that is life-saving. We could not be here without you.

To our invaluable donors – Thank you for your gifts to The Trevor Project as we continue to grow, move forward, and reach more LGBTQ young people than ever before. Without your generosity, we would not be recognizing 16 life-saving years of service.

To the Trevor Board of Directors, past and present – Thank you for helping to guide our organization. Due in large part to your leadership, we have been able to reach hundreds of thousands of young people and continue to meet them where they need us most.

To our partners – Thank you for believing in the work we do and offering your support to help make our organization stronger than ever. Your words, gifts, and sponsorship help take The Trevor Project to the next level, and allow us to focus on saving young lives.

To everyone who helps make our life-saving work possible: Thank you!

To give a donation to The Trevor Project this season, please visit Trvr.org/Donate.


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.

Choose Snap Share

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!


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