The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people, condemns the Department of Justice’s guidance today that grants a dangerous “license to discriminate” against LGBTQ people. This so-called guidance follows the department’s move yesterday to rescind Title XII protections and allow discrimination against transgender people.
In response to today’s announcement, Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director Amit Paley made the following statement:
“This license-to-discriminate guidance put LGBTQ youth at risk and is inconsistent with basic American values of equality and fairness. LGBTQ youth should be receiving messages of support and protection, not hate and rejection. No one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.
“No matter what any politicians in Washington say or do, LGBTQ youth across the country should know: You are loved. You are worthy. You are not alone.
“Any LGBTQ young person who is feeling alone or needs someone to talk to can reach out to The Trevor Project 24/7.”
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 TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, 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 678678.
Sheri A. Lunn, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement