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 leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research 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 Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org
Sheri A. Lunn, Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Engagement