In honor of this year’s Pride celebration, 50,000feet is proud to renew its annual financial contribution to The Trevor Project and support its mission in preventing suicide among LGBTQ+ young people.
According to The Trevor Project’s 2023 U.S. National Survey on the Mental Health of LGBTQ Young People, 41% of LGBTQ young people seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year—and young people who are transgender, nonbinary, and/or people of color reported higher rates than their peers. In addition, more than half of LGBTQ young people who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it.
Founded in 1998, The Trevor Project has become the leading global organization responding to the crisis of LGBTQ+ youth suicide. Hundreds of thousands of young people in crisis have benefited from The Trevor Project’s in-person and online services and resources which include hotlines, professional counseling, digital assistance services and educational workshops—available 24/7 and free-of-charge.
The Trevor Project has led research into the intersectionality of race and queer identity. According to The Trevor Project, the proportion of LGBTQ+ youth reporting a suicide attempt in the past year was higher among youth of color (21%) than White non-Hispanic youth (18%). Their findings highlight the continued need to address suicidality from an intersectional perspective to understand the experiences and needs of youth who hold multiple identities in order to implement culturally competent strategies in a wide range of settings, including health care, education and the workplace.