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.