The Trevor Project, like many others, is surprised by the outcome of this year’s election. We have endured one of the toughest campaigns this country has ever experienced, and we are now facing a new reality. But despite everything, we know that we have dealt with challenges before, and we have overcome them.
While today many of us may be uncertain about what’s to come, we must remember that our work does not begin or end with the presidency. It’s in our families and communities and workplaces. It’s in our everyday interactions. This election brought our country’s deep divisions into sharp relief. More than ever, we need to go high. We need to understand why so many citizens feel disenfranchised and disconnected from the progress, multiculturalism and optimism we have experienced over the past several years. We must remember that life is full of struggle and possibility, including the possibility of a future that is much brighter than the one we woke up to.
Our youth are looking to us to steer the way forward for them. The Trevor Project has been here for the past 18 years, through thick and thin, saving young lives. We are committed to playing a leadership role in continuing to make the world a brighter place for our youth. We are dedicated to protecting LGBTQ and all youth and to proving that every person matters and that the future matters.
The best thing we can all do is to channel our frustration and disappointment into helping to make progress and to being there for each other – and for our youth. Reach out and tell the young people in your life that you care about them. Ask them how they are feeling and how you can help them. The time is now – the future is ours!
If you or anyone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal, The Trevor Project is here to help, 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.