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For Pride 2017, Dr. Martens US is partnering with The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on saving young LGBTQ lives. For each pair of Rainbow Pride and Pride Pascals sold in the US, Dr. Martens will donate $5 to the non-profit, which offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. To learn more, we chatted with Sheri Lunn of The Trevor Project.

Tell us more about the Trevor Project: 
The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.  Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide.

What advice do you have for people who are struggling or know someone who is struggling with their sexuality? 
Start with the Trevor Project’s Support Center – a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources for everything from transgender and gender identity to asexuality to coming out.

Is The Trevor Project for friends and family members of the LGBTQ community too?
Absolutely! We have a multitude of resources online, including the ones listed above. Education training for adults and a list of suicide prevention resources are also available. We also have an amazing advocacy program where everyone can get involved in advocating for pro-LGBTQ equality legislation, or speak out against issues that are detrimental to the positive mental health of LGBTQ young people.

What projects are you most excited about at The Trevor Project right now?
There are so many amazing things happening at The Trevor Project right now. We are looking to expand our chat and text services to 24/7/365 to match our Lifeline hours by summer 2018. There is also an amazing Broadway musical in the works, called Trevor, that looks to be amazing and is making its debut in Chicago in August. And, our TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala in June will be honoring Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and the incomparable Edie Windsor. All of this is in addition to expanding our research and advocacy work, and so much more.

What are you doing to celebrate Pride this year?
The Trevor Project will be participating in nearly one dozen Pride events across the country this year, including the National Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington D.C.

Do remember your first pair of Doc’s? 
Of course! Mid-1980’s – from my high school days in California – black high-top lace up with a rubber sole. [Editor’s note: Sounds like a pair of original 1460s] I still have them. They go perfectly with my Vespa.

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866.488.7386.

7 thoughts

  • I got my first pair of Doc’s when I was 15, back in the 80’s. It was right around the time one of the best people I’ve ever known, and my dear friend laid himself on the train tracks behind our high school and killed him self. Back then I never stopped to the no he might’ve struggled with his sexual orientation. There were very few people who were “out” at school. His death had a incredibly strong impact on those of us who were his friends. We made for damn sure we didn’t lose another one of us. We are all still connected to this day- he brought us together and gave us strength somehow. We still talk about him and will never forget. My first Doc’s still sit in my closet today. One of my dogs ate the insoles years ago. They are so worn down but have all the “soul” in the world. I was so proud when I got those 10 eyelet black 1460’s. We had a good Punk scene in my hometown. The thing that drew me to the punk movement was the open mindedness and non jugnental attitudes. No one cared about your race, religion, color, sexual orientation, nor appearance. You were judged on your behavior- your attitude. That was it.
    I can’t fathom how someone gets to be so small and closed minded to v bothered by those things. I raised my two kids to be open minded and to take each person as the individual they are. I’m bisexual and one of my now grown kids is Trans. I wish I didn’t have to worry about what he may have to face; especially in today’s political climate. But I feel good knowing that like me, like my long lost friend,and now like Doc Martens….my contribution to the world, my kids, will never be the bully and will always stand up for what’s right. I got punk rock running in my blood and wish I had those beautiful rainbow pride Doc’s on my feet!

  • I’m so glad I’ve found out about the Trevor Project. It’s so important for people of any identity to have someone to talk to, and it’s extremely important for the LGBTQ+ community due to the heightened suicide rate. Positive mental health for the younger LGBTQ+ community is detrimental, and pro-LGBTQ+ equality is something that everyone should be advocating for. This project has so many resources and supports for LGBTQ+ people, as well as educational training for adults, which I think is inspiring. We need to ALL work together to create a safe community for young LGBTQ+ individuals to reduce the suicide rate. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own skin and to express themselves however they choose. I hope that the Trevor Project is able to help LGBTQ people in crisis, in efforts to end suicide.

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