For governments to take action, policy makers require ample data to demonstrate the necessary policy change. However, many government agencies at the state and federal levels do not collect data on the LGBTQ community or indicate LGBTQ trends within comprehensive research. Additionally, federal funding for suicide prevention research has remained relatively stagnant in recent years, despite recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicate a 25% increase in American deaths by suicide since 1999.
The Trevor Project advocates for inclusive and exhaustive date collection on the LGBTQ community and its youth. We support the addition of optional questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in national surveys such as the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, we work to prevent the post-mortem erasure of LGBTQ identities by increasing LGBTQ competency in death reporting practices. By increasing data on the health, behaviors and mortality of LGBTQ youth, Trevor can analyze trends and advance policies that create safer environments across the nation.