In 2012, the number of suicide deaths for those serving in the active military was higher than the number of combat deaths. LGBTQ young people in the military can be at a higher risk of suicide, especially if they enlisted due to family rejection, homelessness or lack of economic alternatives. To change this trend, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for our armed services are imperative.
The Trevor Project advocates for regulations and policies that support LGBTQ military members and their families. The Trevor Project has filed several amicus briefs in support of current and prospective transgender service members who sued the federal government in response to the transgender military ban. TrevorLifeline received a significant increase in transgender callers after the ban’s announcement, so Trevor has invested in protecting transgender individuals’ right to military service. The Trevor Project also supports fully funded, LGBTQ competent mental health services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.