This month we spent the entire hour talking about LGBT youth suicide and heard from the Trevor Project and It Gets Better Project. We began by looking back at some of the stories from the news, but recognized that these are but a few of the young people who have taken their own lives. Phoenix Schneider from the Trevor Project told us about how the Trevor Project came about and shared some good information about how to recognize if someone might be suicidal and how to talk with that person in a supportive way. The Trevor Project is the nations only 24-hour hotline supporting LGBT youth in crisis. They have call centers located around the country that are staff by highly trained volunteers. There is even a call center here in the Bay Area located in the HRC Store in San Francisco’s Castro District.
Many celebrities and public officials have come out in support of LGBT Youth, but Dan Savage is someone who has done even more. Dan created the It Gets Better Project. He joined us on the air to talk about how this Internet phenomenon came to be and where it is headed. Dan has been an outspoken advocate of LGBT Youth and is dedicated much of the funding coming in from the It Gets Better Project to support allied organizations including the Trevor Project. Dan shared with us some of his favorite of the over 40,000 videos created for the project so far. He also talked about the It Gets Better book and recent TV special that aired on MTV and the Logo channel. Dan continues to work with many different organizations such as Campus Pride and the ACLU.
Here are a few of the videos we highlighted and spoke about during the show.