By Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project
Last night, we watched the premiere of I am Cait along with millions of viewers as Caitlyn Jenner talked to the family and friends of recently deceased trans youth Kyler Prescott. The message was powerful and clear – seek help if you, or someone you know, needs help. We want to make it clear that The Trevor Project is dedicated to helping youth 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
As we have said in the past, the people of our nation are experiencing what is being called “a transgender tipping point” in how the American public views transgender people and their stories. During this time of highly publicized stories in the mainstream media, we know there is an even greater need for crisis intervention for all our at-risk youth. Even though we have reached an era where some transgender people are being seen and heard by the American public, it still remains that a staggering 41% of trans people have attempted suicide. As we look at this number we need to remember that it represents people who are parents, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, loved ones and people who needed support during their journey.
We work to make sure that this devastating statistic will not continue to be a reality.
As we applaud the attention that Caitlyn Jenner is bringing to the cause of helping at-risk LGBTQ youth and her passion to use her voice to help, we want to reiterate that The Trevor Project connects with over 100,000 youth per year and we stand committed to forwarding the mission of providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for all youth that need our services.