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The Trevor Project Allocates $165,000 To State & Local LGBTQ Orgs For Public Education And Advocacy Against Conversion Therapy

The first-of-its-kind funding will benefit 22 organizations across 18 states.

TODAY, The Trevor Project announced that it has allocated $165,000 in new funding to 22 state and local LGBTQ organizations across the country — from Minnesota and Arizona to Oklahoma and Kentucky — working to end ‘conversion therapy,’ the discredited and dangerous practice of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The funding comes in conjunction with the launch of The Trevor Project’s new campaign Protecting with Pride, which aims to elevate the ongoing municipal-level fight against conversion therapy through legislation and public education in cities and counties across the United States.

“This funding further demonstrates The Trevor Project’s commitment to end the discredited and dangerous practice of conversion therapy in all 50 states, even if it takes one local community at a time,” said Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), VP of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. “The funding will directly bolster our efforts with groups on the ground to educate the public about the harms of conversion therapy, particularly in red and purple states, where there are not yet laws protecting LGBTQ youth from this widely-opposed fraud.”

“State-based LGBTQ organizations are at the forefront of the fight against the harmful practice of conversion therapy. As the movement builder and strategic partner to these organizations, Equality Federation is proud to partner with The Trevor Project on its new campaign — Protecting with Pride — investing in the people leading this work on the ground in states and cities across the country. In places like Arizona and Minnesota, our member organizations — Equality Arizona and OutFront Minnesota — will be further equipped to ensure that no LGBTQ youth is subjected to conversion therapy in the community they call home,” said Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation.

Funding recipients include One N Ten (Arizona), Equality Florida Institute, Inc., Equality Foundation of Georgia, GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Taskforce, One Iowa, Equality Kansas, Fairness Education Fund, Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky, OutFront Minnesota, Equality Federation Institute, Campaign for Southern Equality, OutNebraska – Outlinc, Inc., Equality NC Foundation, North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom Oklahoma Education Campaign, Oklahomans for Equality, Equality Texas Foundation, Transgender Education Network of Texas, Fairness West Virginia Institute, and Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, Inc.

The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign has seen great success in recent years, leading to the passage of legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in 20 states and D.C., and the introduction of similar bills in 19 states. Protecting with Pride marks the official expansion of the organization’s focus to end conversion therapy beyond statewide legislation. The campaign will help educate key policymakers and local residents on the dangers of conversion therapy and bolster support for protections by holding a virtual series of educational town halls, creating municipal coalitions, and directly investing in grassroots advocacy efforts.

Research:

  • According to The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 10% of LGBTQ youth reported undergoing conversion therapy, with 78% reporting it occurred when they were under age 18. Youth who reported undergoing conversion therapy reported more than twice the rate of attempting suicide in the past year compared to those who did not.
  • According to a recent peer-reviewed journal article by The Trevor Project published in the American Journal of Public Health, LGBTQ youth who underwent conversion therapy were more than twice as likely to report having attempted suicide and more than 2.5 times as likely to report multiple suicide attempts in the past year.

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. For journalists looking to learn more about how to cover the issue of conversion therapy, here is a guide on best practices.

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ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.