Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project is a leading American national organization focused on the prevention of suicide for LGTBQ youth.
Through a toll-free telephone number, The Trevor Lifeline has trained counselors that provide guidance and vital resources and other confidential services.
The Trevor Project was founded in West Hollywood, California by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone; the creators of the 1994 Academy award-winning film, Trevor. The drama short film was about a 13 year-old boy who was rejected by his friends because he was gay and he attempts to take his own life. The creators of the film learned there was no helpline and decided to start The Trevor Lifeline to promote LGBTQ youth and to help prevent suicide in the vulnerable group.
Today The Trevor Lifeline is an American national crisis and suicide prevention help line open 24/7/365.
In August 2010, Harry Potter film star, Daniel Radcliffe made a significant cash donation to The Trevor Project.
“I am very pleased to begin my support of the Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work,” said Radcliffe. “It’s extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top-three killer of young people, and it’s truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.”
The Trevor Project has expanded into other areas including online chat, online social networking community, a youth advisory council and offers internships and workshops as part of their education and development programs.
To find out how you can get involved, make a financial contribution, or if you are an LGTBQ youth in crisis and need someone to talk to, please visit The Trevor Project website.