Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first Lifeline Call. While The Trevor Project was officially founded on March 25, 1998, it was on August 11, 1998, that the short film TREVOR was broadcast on HBO alongside the launch of the Trevor Lifeline, the first 24/7 national lifeline supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis. The very first calls were answered that night.
Since then, we have provided 25-years of 24/7 crisis services for LGBTQ young people and have also grown our programs to include research, advocacy, public education, and peer support. Take a look at our milestones:
1. Publishing the largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health annually.
2. Launching chat/text services alongside our telephone lines.
3. Helping to advocate for and pass bills that protect LGBTQ young people including the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, the first bill that is specifically LGBTQ-inclusive to pass Congress unanimously in history.
Our counselors understand the challenges LGBTQ young people face and are trained to offer immediate help – answering calls, chats, or texts 24/7, 365 days a year. They will listen without judgment to address a wide range of challenges, such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide.