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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Trevor Project: Giving Thanks for Progress Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
During this season of thanks, we have much to be grateful for at The Trevor Project, not least of which is you: our incredible volunteers, donors, and supporters. We also honor our brave LGBT military veterans this past Veteran’s Day who have served our country with pride.
This year, we are thankful for new policies and laws that help make our culture more welcoming and accepting of LGBTQ people. The new National Strategy for Suicide Prevention expands our country’s understanding of suicide prevention by including LGBT-specific recommendations for the first time and emphasizing the value of talking to prevent suicide. States like California are protecting LGBTQ youth by banning the harmful practice of so-called “reparative therapy,” and passing strong school safety measures that include mental health protections. As we grow Trevor’s influence in public policy, we hope to further increase protective factors for LGBTQ youth nationwide.
Our gratitude also extends to those who work to protect the most vulnerable members of our LGBT community, transgender youth. We hope you will help raise awareness about the dangers, violence and hate facing transgender people by participating in one of the hundreds of services occurring on November 20th as part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Also, please urge any young LGBTQ person who may be in crisis to call the Trevor Lifeline or access TrevorChat; our counselors are nonjudgmental and accepting of all gender identities and gender expressions.
Every day, because of your support and determination to protect vulnerable LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Project can provide robust, life-saving, life-affirming services. Young LGBTQ people who reach out to Trevor know that they have a future and many tomorrows because you help make our work possible. For that, we cannot thank you enough.