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The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people, ages 13-24. In August 1998, James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone, the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film, “Trevor,” founded The Trevor Project. Their film, a story about an LGBTQ teen who attempts suicide, was set to begin airing nationally on HBO, and the filmmakers wanted to include a number to a suicide lifeline for young people that might feel like the character “Trevor.” Finding no such number existed, the filmmakers opened the Trevor Lifeline. Since that time, The Trevor Project has risen to national prominence in the realm of suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, fielding hundreds of thousands of calls from young people in crisis. In addition to operating the only national crisis lifeline for LGBTQ young people, the organization is the first to offer suicide prevention services nationally to youth in digital spaces, including counseling via instant message through TrevorChat, and the largest online social network specifically for young LGBTQ people, TrevorSpace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has appointed The Trevor Project to a leadership role in the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the organization is a lead resource for the White House initiative, StopBullying.gov. For more information about The Trevor Project and to get involved, visit TheTrevorProject.org.