Every day until Christmas, we are posting 12 great charitable organizations that can use your donations this holiday season. Today, we’re highlighting the incredible work The Trevor Project does every year on behalf of the LGBTQQIA community. The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 that focuses on suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and other queer youth. It was founded in by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski, and the late Randy Stone – creators of the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, a dramedy about Trevor, a gay thirteen-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life. When the film was scheduled to air on HBO in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program’s young viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and began to search for a support line to be broadcast during the airing. They discovered that no such helpline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of LGBTQ youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group.
The Trevor Lifeline was established with seed funds provided by The Colin Higgins Foundation and HBO’s license fee. As a result, it became the first nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. The project also provides online support to young people through the project’s website, as well as guidance and resources to educators and parents.
They have many wide reaching projects one is TrevorSpace, a social networking site for LGBT and questioning youth ages 13 to 24 and their friends and allies, sort of a safe LGBTI Facebook, if you will. You can find out more here.
Plus, you can find out more about their charitable work, how to donate or even volunteer right here.
(Photos, Instagram/ The Trevor Project)