Maybe you have been getting harassed, humiliated, or physically hurt
because you're bisexual, transgender, lesbian or gay … or because someone
thinks you are. Maybe you have considered killing yourself.
Please rethink it. As
hard as it is right now in your life, as alone as you may feel, it won't
always be like this. There are plenty of LGBTQ kids all over the world and
plenty of straight, non-trans kids who just don't fit the rigid gender rules
in their schools. And there are plenty of straight people -- youth and
adults -- who respect them. And there are millions of healthy, normal,
happy, successful, creative, loved, loving, LGBTQ adults who have made
families and found careers … some of whom probably felt kind of like you do
when they were teens. Please
don't hurt yourself.
We need you. You may not know what gifts you have that the world needs or
exactly how you will make a difference, but you will. If you let yourself
live through this hard stuff. It gets better. Read on for numbers to
call and web sites to check out.
If you have a friend or brother or sister thinking about hurting
themselves, please tell them
you want them to live and read on for numbers to call and web
sites to check out.
Trevor Helpline -
national 24-hour free and confidential toll-free suicide prevention hotline
is specifically aimed at gay or questioning youth, geared toward helping
those in crisis or anyone wanting information on how to help someone in
crisis. All calls are handled by trained counselors
who are familiar with gay and questioning youth,
and are .
TrevorSpace: this project of The Trevor Project is a social networking
site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13
through 24 and their friends and allies.
A Public Service Announcement about The Trevor Project by the cast of Queer As Folk,
featuring Sharon Gless, Robert Gant, Thea Gill, & Scott Lowell:
Glad I Failed" - The Trevor
Project, in conjunction with
National Suicide Prevention Week
(September 7-13), will launch a powerful
new ad campaign "I'm Glad I Failed." This effort targets LGBTQ teens who
contemplate suicide as a result of homophobia. The ads feature four young people
with stories about how intolerance and harassment led them to attempt suicide,
and how glad they are that those attempts failed because their lives have
changed for the better. The Trevor Project needs your help to maximize exposure
of their ads - here are examples of the ads which are on their site with more
variations and information:
- not specific to LGBTQ people, this site contains details of local suicide
support services in over 40 countries and is translated into seven
Bill's Story - portrait of a son's suicide by Safe Schools Coalition's
webspinner, Gabi Clayton. Bill committed suicide when he was seventeen years old
in 1995, a month after he was assaulted in a hate crime based on his sexual
- this comic book, inspired, written
and illustrated by Steve Sanderson, a professional Aboriginal (native
Canadian) youth cartoonist, is a great
resource on suicide prevention for youth, visual learners and hard to reach
populations. It’s the story of a teenager that feels socially isolated and
has difficulty at school. Even though Kyle has tremendous artistic talent
and the support of a good friend he finds one day just too overwhelming and
considers taking his own life. It’s the story of the struggle between good
and evil over the spirits of youth. The story was previewed with health
professionals and youth focus groups for authentic characters and
language. From the Healthy Aboriginal Network, 328 E 32nd Ave, Vancouver,
BC, Canada, V5V 2Y4; 604-876-0243.
- this article Ashlee, a
YouthResource peer educator talks about when feeling sad or hopeless "is more than
just a temporary mood change" and what to do about it. It offers other
youths' stories and poems and a ton of great toll-free hotlines and web
- Marcus Wayman was eighteen years old in 1997 when
he committed suicide after police found condoms in his pocket and concluded
he was gay. Small town police (Minersville, PA) threatened to out him to
the community and family members. Marcus, hours later, took a revolver and
shot himself in the head. In November 2001a jury in Allentown acquitted the
police from any wrongdoing.
Sexual Orientation and Youth Suicide
- by Gary Remafedi, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota Medical School,
Minneapolis, from the Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol. 282,
pp. 1291-1292, October 6, 1999).
Heartbroken by recent
suicides of OUR kids, Nhojj wrote
this because he wanted to do something to help. It is a song
of consolation and hope. Robert Allan Arno, Soul of the
Voice, Ltd., calls "Things Will Get Better" the "ultimate,
empowering lullaby of the tender heart."
Nhojj's offering to all those kids who are on the verge of
losing life's most precious asset -- hope. It is for
wrote this song because I’d been hearing about our kids
loosing hope, and at first I didn’t know what to do. But
thankfully I came across the
It Gets Better campaign. Dan & Terry have this
amazing idea to share our stories to help teens realize
that it does get better. This is my story told the best
way I know how -- through music.
Suicide risk and prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has released
Suicide risk and prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
Written by SPRC staff and reviewed by experts in sexual and gender minority
issues, suicide, and suicide prevention, and by youth, this publication
addresses the special concerns related to suicide prevention among lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. This paper paper outlines
recommendations for helping to reduce suicidal behavior among LGBT youth, and
includes a resource appendix and an extensive bibliography.
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
- envisions Washington as a state where youth suicide is a rare event, where
young people are nurtured and supported, where individuals and families are
aware of risk factors for suicide, and actively seek help from accessible,
effective community resources. To that end, they focus on public awareness,
training, and communities in action. Training is available that focuses on GLBTQ
youth and the issues they face. These trainings are for service providers that
want more information about suicide prevention and early intervention, more
information on why GLBTQ youth are at an increased risk for suicide and self
harm, and how they can best support these youth to increase their protective
factors against suicide and self harm. Phone: 206-297-5922; Address: 444
NE Ravenna Blvd., #401, Seattle, WA 98115; Fax: (206)
297-0818; General email: firstname.lastname@example.org.