Trevor Newsletter - Winter 2009
1/09/09 Winter 2009 - Volume 2, Issue 2 of our quarterly newsletter. This issue contains articles on The Trevor Project's Cracked Xmas gala, School Workshop Program, "I'm Glad I Failed" Update, event photos, Dear Trevor letter and response, national LGBTQ youth news, Helpline Counselor spotlight and training review, training information, and our Social Networking!
A quarterly update on the latest happenings at Volume 2, Issue 2 - Winter 2009 CR ACK ED XMAS 11: A NOT SO SILENT NIGHT Appearances by Anne Hathaway and Sigourney Weaver as well as spectacular musical performances by Fantasia Barrino and the cast of Spring Awakening were among the highlights of Cracked Xmas 11: A Not So Silent Night, which took place on December 7 at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. The event was an evening of laughter, fun and community, with more than 800 guests in attendance including Selma Blair, Michael Patrick King, Brooke Smith and Rumer Willis. Most importantly, Cracked Xmas 11 raised $450,000 and gained prominent, public attention for The Trevor Project. The cast of the Tony Award®-winning rock musical, Spring Awakening, wrapped up their Los Angeles tour the same day, and then boarded a bus to The Wiltern where they opened the Cracked Xmas show with several songs. Guests were also treated to a hilarious stand-up comedy act from the legendary and recently out Wanda Sykes, who expressed disappointment in the recent passage of California’s Proposition 8 when she opened her set. Comedian Leslie Jordan had the audience cracking up when he opened his segment of the show in character as Beverley Leslie from Will & Grace. American Idol favorite, Fantasia Barrino, brought the house down during her performance when she slipped out of her stiletto heels and ran off stage to sing and dance with the audience. Her set included fantastic renditions of Purple Rain and Always on My Mind. These extraordinary performances were certainly not the only show-stopping moments of the night. Anne Hathaway surprised everyone at the end of the live auction, which was presented in part by Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski, when she unexpectedly auctioned herself off to three lucky bidders. Hathaway walked onto the stage unannounced, picked up a microphone and said, “I’m not usually very forward, but I thought if there was ever a crowd for me to do something like this, this would be it.” Bidding started at $500 and guests were quick to raise their paddles for a chance at an evening of drinks and fun with the Rachel Getting Married and Brokeback Mountain star. The three lucky winners ultimately paid $12,000 for the date. “I’m Glad I Failed” Educates Youth “I’m Glad I Failed,” The Trevor Project’s first-ever social marketing campaign, was unveiled during National Suicide Prevention Week in September 2008. Since then, the campaign’s powerful artwork has been placed in more than 150,000 publications, organizations, schools and on Web sites throughout the country. In October 2008, our friends at Showtime included “I’m Glad I Failed” inserts inside of boxed DVD sets of The L Word television series sold nationwide. This tremendous amount of exposure helped reach out to and educate young people throughout the country. Developed by Better World Advertising, the goal of the “I’m Glad I Failed” campaign is to increase awareness about The Trevor Helpline among LGBTQ youth and also educate straight youth about the potentially lifeshattering consequences of homophobia. “I’m Glad I Failed” posters are now included in The Trevor Survival Kit, the educational kits distributed nationwide to schools and youth service providers. If you know of a school or organization that would benefit from receiving “I’m Glad I Failed” materials, please contact Jacqueline Wing, communications manager, at: Jacqueline.Wing@TheTrevorProject.org. Continued on page 2 1 CHARLES’ CORNER In November of last year, The Trevor Project achieved a significant milestone when it was officially accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). This distinction recognized our organization as an exemplary crisis and suicide prevention program. It also distinguishes us as the only crisis and suicide prevention service delivery program specifically serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community to ever be officially accredited by AAS. The accreditation is another crucial achievement as The Trevor Project becomes nationally renowned for its lifesaving programs and services. Just read this issue’s cover story about our spectacular Cracked Xmas event in December for further evidence that The Trevor Project is busy increasing its national visibility and attracting new friends. The event was a great success, bringing in more than $450,000 for The Trevor Project. You can see some of the memorable photos from Cracked Xmas on page five. Our events aren’t the only way we have expanded our presence as an organization. As you probably remember from the last issue of Trevor News, we launched our first-ever social marketing campaign in September 2008 during National Suicide Prevention Week. Learn about the enormous success of the campaign on page one. Most importantly, we’re interacting with more youth than ever before thanks to the expansion of our School Workshop Program. These workshops help students to address topics including sexuality and gender identity, and teach them to recognize depression and suicidal ideations amongst their peers. To read more about the workshops, just flip to page three. As our country faces difficult economic times and political uncertainty, we thank you for supporting The Trevor Project, whether through financial contributions, outreach in your community or simply telling a young person about The Trevor Helpline when they need someone to talk to. If you’d like to discover more ways you can help, visit our Web site at TheTrevorProject.org. Happy New Year from all of us at The Trevor Project! All my best, Charles 2 Cracked Xmas Continued from page 1 Hathaway later returned to the stage to present Sigourney Weaver with The Trevor Life Award. The Trevor Life Award annually honors an individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The iconic actress received the award in part for her role as Mary Griffith in the upcoming Lifetime movie, Prayers for Bobby. The movie is the true story about Bobby Griffith, a young gay man who completes suicide due to his family’s religious intolerance. Mary Griffith went on to become a gay activist after Bobby’s death. Weaver expressed her respect and gratitude to the Griffith family for being brave enough to allow their story to be told through the film. “Mary Griffith was afraid, so she didn’t listen to her son even though she loved him very much,” Weaver said in her acceptance speech. “I think that kind of fear and ignorance is still with us. I hope that Prayers for Bobby is a movie that is in every library so that many families can see it.” Sarah Chalke of the NBC sitcom, Scrubs, presented Lifetime Networks with The Trevor Hope Award. The Trevor Hope Award annually honors a company or organization that, through its policies, initiatives and other efforts, demonstrates a commitment to LGBTQ causes and is a prominent, public example of corporate acceptance of individuals regardless of sexual orientation. Lifetime was honored for consistently producing and distributing relatable and diverse programming for its audiences. JoAnn Alfano, executive vice president, entertainment at Lifetime Networks accepted the award on the company’s behalf. In her acceptance speech, Alfano expressed how grateful she was to work for a company that accepts and embraces her for who she is, as well as her partner and their twin daughters. One of the most poignant portions of the Cracked Xmas 11 show was the announcement of the expansion of The Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards, which annually honor LGBTQ youth who have triumphed over adversity. Beginning this year, two young people will be honored at both of our marquee fundraising events, Cracked Xmas and Trevor New York. Kyle Rapinan, 18, who received a Youth Courage Award at Trevor New York last year, came on stage and spoke about his advocacy work in the LGBTQ community and the importance of remaining committed to achieving equality and acceptance. Cracked Xmas was hosted by event chairs, Jeffrey Paul Wolff and Scott Zimmerman, with WaMu serving as the evening’s presenting sponsor. The Trevor Project would also like to thank the rest of our Cracked Xmas sponsors: SPOTLIGHT: Trevor Uouth Advisory Council The Trevor Project is the proud recipient of a $25,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation. This funding will support our newly created Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Troup B. Coronado, Assistant VicePresident of Constituency Relations at AT&T California, presented the check to Charles Robbins at The Trevor Project office in West Hollywood in September. The YAC will serve as a liaison between youth nationwide and The Trevor Project, as it relates to young people and the issues surrounding suicide, sexuality and gender identity. The YAC will submit The Trevor School Workshop Program Now offered in both New York and Los Angeles Young people who call The Trevor Helpline confirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students in schools are prime targets for harassment, violence and discrimination. In fact, a survey released by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in October 2008 specifically revealed that LGBTQ students still do not feel safe at school and are experiencing increases in harassment (see page six for specific findings from the GLSEN survey). While some schools are working to ensure their LGBTQ students are protected, many still lack policies, supportive staff and social networks that foster safe learning environments for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Trevor Survival Kit equips educators and administrators in schools throughout the country with the tools necessary to provide safe spaces where young people feel comfortable opening up about the myriad of issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity. Discussing these issues and how they can be correlated with feelings of national organization. By serving as ambassadors for The Trevor Project, these youth will become engaged advocates and valuable resources in their respective communities. recommendations to The Trevor Project in an effort to increase organizational visibility and better serve the LGBTQ youth population. The founding council will be comprised of 20 young people ages 16 through 24 from communities across the country. This group will convene monthly via conference call to advise the organization on outreach and programmatic efforts targeted at LGBTQ youth. Participants in the YAC will have the unique opportunity for their voices and opinions to be heard and implemented into the strategies of a isolation, depression and suicidality sets the stage for important dialogues, allowing young people to explore sensitive topics. In addition to the Trevor Survival Kit, The Trevor Project now offers The Trevor School Workshop program in both New York and Los Angeles. This program provides tools to educators who want to incorporate issues surrounding sexuality, gender identity and suicide prevention into their classroom curriculum. The goals of the workshop are to increase young people’s awareness of issues impacting LGBTQ youth, provide a safe space for students to explore what it means to feel different and isolated, and to empower them to talk about the issues surrounding suicide and depression. The Trevor School Workshop has already been implemented in numerous schools on the East and West Coasts. Troup B. Coronado, Assistant Vice-President of Constituency Relations at AT&T, with Trevor Project executive director Charles Robbins Project is committed to continuing expansion of The Trevor School Workshop program in order to fulfill its mission to promote acceptance of LGBTQ youth. If you live in Los Angeles or New York City and are interested in becoming a school workshop facilitator, please visit our Web site and click on the “Volunteer” tab. East Coast Call Center Manager, Dave Reynolds, presenting at the MD Suicide Prevention Conference Some young people feel safe coming out to their peers as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender for the very first time. Still, others disclose that they have felt suicidal or attempted suicide because of issues surrounding their sexual orientation or gender identity. By facilitating conversations with these young people, we learn about the challenges LGBTQ youth face in their daily lives at school, at home and in their communities. The Trevor The Trevor Survival Kit for educators and youth service providers 3 VOLUNCHEERS Helpline Update From the East Coast to the West Coast, our dedicated helpline counselors at The Randy Stone Call Centers have remained busy fielding calls from young people across the country. With the back-to-school season in September, The Trevor Helpline experienced a peak in call volume, especially with higher risk calls, as young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) people returned to schools and encountered new challenges. During a recent webinar hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, our program staff and clinicians learned that victimization by peers in school is as large of a risk factor and contributor to LGBTQ youth suicide as substance abuse or mental health issues. Calls on The Trevor Helpline certainly confirmed this startling new statistic. In order to meet the growing demand for our services, both call centers continue conducting quarterly trainings to increase the number of active helpline counselors, thus ensuring no call to The Trevor Helpline ever goes unanswered. Last October, the East Coast Call Center trained an additional 14 helpline counselors. These new additions will allow the East Coast Call Center to open a third phone line, as well as add two additional shifts. On the West Coast, 14 new counselors were also added following our fall training, increasing our ability to serve despondent youth with the time and individual attention they deserve. As you read in the last issue of Trevor News, this past fall we launched our new social marketing campaign, “I’m Glad I Failed,” which represents young LGBTQ people who attempted suicide partially because of the bigotry and negative attitudes of other people. This campaign, which was featured in hundreds of print and online media outlets, greatly increased our visibility and alerted many LGBTQ youth to The Trevor Helpline, helping them to understand that they are not alone. If you live in the New York or Los Angeles areas and are interested in joining our dedicated team of helpline counselors, please visit TheTrevorProject.org and click on the “Volunteer” tab to fill out an application and find upcoming training class dates. 4 Highlighting the contributions of Trevor’s Volunteers SPOTLIGHT: Helpline Counselor After living in small towns his entire life, John Corona moved to Los Angeles in 2006, and was eager to volunteer for a LGBTQ-focused cause. “I always wanted to volunteer in the gay community, but never really had any opportunities to do so,” he says. Over lunch, he told a business associate about his volunteer interests, and the associate suggested he train to become a helpline counselor at The Trevor Project. He graduated with the October 2006 helpline counselor training class in Los Angeles. Growing up in rural Texas, John says he could have benefited from an organization like The Trevor Project. “Like a lot of helpline counselors, I look at my volunteerism as a way to give someone else the chance I didn’t have,” he explains. “Growing up gay was very difficult, and there were many times when I could have benefited from a crisis helpline for LGBTQ youth.” John is no stranger to interacting with young people. He currently works in education as the director of college counseling at a school in Studio City. “Even my professional life is centered around teens,” says John. “They can be frustrating, but they can be so energizing, too.” When he’s not busy counseling high school students or saving young lives on The Trevor Helpline, John enjoys reading, yoga and taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and thriving culture in Los Angeles. John knows the work he and his fellow helpline counselors do is important. “We listen to callers who think they have no one else to talk to,” he says. “For those 20 minutes or so, it’s great to let the callers open up and allow them to say anything they want.” Thank you, John, for your hard work and dedication to The Trevor Project and LGBTQ youth! Volunteerism at Cracked Xmas 11 The success of Cracked Xmas 11: A Not So Silent Night would not have been possible without the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. Nearly 150 volunteers contributed more than 600 hours before, during and after the event. Cracked Xmas volunteers helped stuff gift bags and set up the venue before the event. On the day of, they assisted in event flow, press line and escorting talent, silent auction, will call, raffle, strike and the VIP After Party Dessert Bash. A special thanks goes out to Michael Zinkovitch and Chris Teter, the volunteer leads at Cracked Xmas. We are enormously grateful to each and every volunteer who helped make Cracked Xmas 11 a smashing success! 1 HAPPENINGS 2 Images from Cracked Xmas 11 3 Cracked Xmas - December 7 Our 11th annual fundraiser, Cracked Xmas, was held at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. It was an evening of irreverent comedy, musical performances and awards. More than 800 guests attended the event, which was chaired by Jeffrey Paul Wolff and Scott Zimmerman. Read the cover story article for a complete recap of the event. 4 5 1. Prayers for Bobby cast members with Lifetime Networks supporters 2. Comedienne Wanda Sykes 3. Twilight’s Christian Serratos and Greek’s Amber Stevens with Trevor’s 2008 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award winner Kyle Rapinan 4. Trevor Life Award recipient, Sigourney Weaver 5. Selma Blair and Mikey Day from Kath & Kim 6. American Idol Season 4 winner, Fantasia Barrino 7. Anne Hathaway auctions herself off for a date during the live auction 8. The cast of the musical, Spring Awakening 7 6 8 Photo Credits: Jennifer Kennedy and The Trevor Project Trevor News Editors: Heidi Schulz and Al Duncan 5 ... “Dear Trevor” is an anonymous online Question & Answer forum in which young people can ask non-urgent questions about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Letters are posted on The Trevor Helpline’s Web site, TheTrevorHelpline.org. By sharing these letters in a public forum, The Trevor Project hopes to reach out to young people to let them know they are not alone in their various struggles. ALIAS: Maxwell AGE: 16 STATE: TX Dear Trevor, Why is life so hard for me? I hate my life. My mother hates me and yells at me. My dad is disgusted with me and never wants to see me again. Well, I don’t know what to do anymore. Life is too hard for me. I can’t stop thinking of suicide. My boyfriend is thinking about it too. I don’t know what to do any more. Dear Maxwell, I am sorry to hear that things are so difficult and painful in your life and with your parents, but I’m so glad that you wrote us for help. With all that you are going through, it’s understandable that you’d want to escape and get away from all that, but it’s very concerning that these feelings are leading you to think about suicide. We care about you and your safety as well as that of your boyfriend. It’s very important that both of you tell an adult that you trust such as a relative, teacher or school counselor about your thoughts of suicide so they can get you both the help you need. If there’s no one that you or your boyfriend are comfortable talking with, please immediately call The Trevor Helpline. Remember that talking with someone may help you to recognize options you may not have considered before. It’s very sad that your parents are unable to support you the way they should. What they are doing to you is not only cruel, but abusive, and no one EVER has the right to abuse you. With all that you’re going through, it’s very important to get support. PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is an organization that works to support families and friends of LGBTQ children as well as LGBTQ people themselves. You might contact PFLAG’s Fort Worth chapter to find out about their support groups for young people. Remember that you can always call The Trevor Helpline, and that we care about you and are always here for you at The Trevor Project. -Trevor LGBTQ Youth News 6 Each quarter, Trevor News will include a sampling of stories from local and national media that cover issues affecting LGBTQ youth and which are relevant to Trevor’s mission. Vote for LGBTQ High School in Chicago Delayed Until Next Year New GLSEN Survey Finds LGBTQ Students Face Unique Challenges in Schools A proposal for a high school in Chicago that was meant to protect LGBTQ students from bullying and harassment has been pulled, as backers of the initiative said they need one more year to finalize plans. Despite delaying the final vote from Chicago’s board of education, plans to open the school in 2010 remain intact. The school, slated to be named Social Justice Solidarity High School, was originally proposed with LGBTQ students in mind, but the focus evolved to include any students who have fallen victim to increased bullying and harassment. The proposal has already faced mounting controversy from both conservative critics and gay rights activists. Some argued that the school would isolate and segregate LGBTQ students. Students nationwide say sexual orientation and gender identity are two of the top three reasons they are bullied. We hope to soon see the day when all students can feel safe and respected on their campuses. In October 2008, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) released the results of its 2007 National School Climate Survey. The survey of 6,209 middle school and high school students found that nearly nine out of 10 (86.2%) LGBTQ students experienced harassment at school in the past year, three-fifths (60.8%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and about a third (32.7%) skipped a day of school in the past month because of feeling unsafe. On the brighter side, the survey also found that the presence of staff members who are supportive of LGBTQ students in a school contributed to a range of positive indicators including fewer reports of missing school, greater academic achievement, higher educational aspirations and a greater sense of belonging to their school community. The Trevor Project applauds its friends at GLSEN who, like us, continue to help build safer and more accepting environments for LGBTQ students. Circle of Hope members play a critical role in providing the financial leadership that makes the work of The Trevor Project possible by donating $500 or more annually in non-event related contributions. The donors listed below are current as of December 15, 2008. Guardian $25,000 + Anonymous Bryan Bantry Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund Jodie Foster Bill and Austin Smolka Jeffrey R. Stone David Rosen & Paul Reitz Counselor $10,000 - $24,999 Brian Bish* & Jack Winn Paul Norris & Rock Rocaberte Kathy Kinney Frank Pond Ron Valdez* Advisor $5,000 - $9,999 Ala Moana Property Development LLC Tim Aldrete Jeffrey Epstein Michael A. Graham* John McDonald & Rob Wright Suzanne Saperstein Philip Selway Quinn Taylor Andrew Tobias & Charles Nolan Don Zuidema, Alfredo Izaguirre & Mike McGinley Mentor $2,500 - $4,999 Christopher J. Baker & Tim Smith Alicia* & Michele Celmer Jack Corwin Kevin M. Cronin & David Alexander Greg Emmerth Douglas Ferguson Siana-Lea Gildard & Edgar Aguirre Darren Hayes Jacinto Hernandez & Charles Callahan Abraham Higginbotham & Steven Petrarca Albert Hornberger Mike Kirkeby Ned J. Lustbader McPhail*/Poston Family David Mizener & Arturo Carrillo Jason R. Oclaray* Richard & Ellen Passov Earl L. Plante Charles Robbins & Damon Romine Walter Schild & Dilson DeAlmeida Ricky Strauss* & Tom Newman Supporter $1,000 - $2,499 Brian M. Agnew Ezra Alvarez Jirka Ambroz Alan Arrigoni Richard Ayoub* Christopher Baker & Yawar Charlie Antonio Banderas & Melanie Grifith Otho Behr & Deborah S. Behr Jim Berk Bradly Bessey & Frank Sanchez David Beugen & Joe Grandinetti Ray Bidenost Adam Blake Boswell Tammy Bruce Dan Bucatinsky James Burba & Bob Hayes Stephanie Caleb & Dean Sona Tom Cashin & Jay Johnson Centex Destination Properties Warren Cohn Anthony Collerton Tom Devine & Rick Sickler David C. 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Wight Reade Randy Reiff William Resnick & Doug Cordell Brian Robinson Rashad Robinson Dr. Cheryl Saban Matthew & Nancy Saver Kevin Schoeler & Philip van der Voet Heidi Schulz* & Michael Ryder Duncan Sheik Kevin Snow Steven Stepanian & Jeffrey Roy In Memory of Big Al Shore Patricia Veselich Wes Walraven Bryce West Jeffrey Paul Wolff* Scott Zimmerman* Members $500-$999 Moiz Alladina Nikhail Asnani Robbie Bagwell Leslie Barclay David S. Beard Michael Beary & Gary Gates William C. Bergens Albert Berger & Ellen Steloff Anthony Bianchi Gary Bitner David Brisbin Gerard Bross & Peter D. Grisdela David C. Bryan Mark Albert Burstein Walter Cain & Michael Bouchard Hector Camacho Fred Caruso Troy M. Cassel Paul G. Cavalli & Jack F. McKenney Kevin Chase Sophia Chauchard-Stuart Francis Clark Dwight Coates Jr. Heather Cohen Jonathan Croy Lawrence Da Silva Kenneth Davis Charlie Dawson Brian J. Dorsey* & Marty Sellers Brad R. Downs Al Duncan* Matt Edwards Michael Epstein & Scott Schwimer Julio Robbie Fabian John B. Fleming Jean-Marc Frailong Shelley Freeman & Joni Rim Paul Fulkerson Gina Furth Mark Gaddis David Galgano Dr. Robin Gans Juan Garcia & David Freire Michael Garcia Harry Gittelson & Albert Silva Neil Giuliano Daniel & Rhoda Glickman Matthew B.T. Gloin, D.C. & John Paul Motley Tracy Gluck Mark Gordon Laurence & Marcie Gottlieb Bonnie Graves* & Adrian Sexton Donald Gray Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Johnson and Pabst LGBT Humanity Fund Brunson Green Maria Gust David Guzman Jeff Haber Michael Harrell Brad Harvey Eric Hassel Christina Heiny Kevin Henderson Debra Ann Herrick Cathy Heumann Hunter Hill Wayne Hill Michael J.W. Hines Mary Hinkley David Hinton Jeffrey Hobgood Lorenzo Holguin Mark Howell David Howerton Gene Hubert & Eric J. Maryanov Michael Hughes Harvey Hurdle Paul Jaramillo Michael Jarvis Ph.D. Brian Johnson Jay Johnson & Tom Cashin Blanding U. Jones John Kannegieser Steven Kanner Barry Karas Robert M. Kasunic Mark Katz & Bob Goodman Michael F. Keeley Bryan T. Keller & Brian Baldwin Paul Kellogg & Jim Andre Bruce Klinger Henry Koelsch Kevin Korney Marc Korver & Steven Jones Marty Kovacevich & Chaz Stevens Peter W. Kraus, M.D. Kyle D. Kusche Donald Langworthy Kevin Lesser Pamela Liss-Burdett Dennis Lonergan & John Graves Stephen Lucin Jose Lugaro Jane Lynch Patrick Mahoney & John English Scott W. Mann Dominick Marangi & Matt Tumininello Jhoni Marchinko Arthur P. Martinez Eric J. Maryanov & Gene Hubert John McAllister Robert & Lynn McCormack Carl Moellenberg Vizhier & Andy Mooney Adam Moss & David Karza Charles Mostella Jeanne O. Murata Jim Murphy* Kevin & Don Norte Stephen Nuskiewicz Fred Ohm Debi Olcese & Deborah Shapiro Marc Olechnowicz Jeanne K. Omaye Murata Jenifer Ortiz & Monica Taher John Palmer Richard & Karen Panse Jamie Paul Catherine Paura Mark Perrin Andrew Pham Allison Herring Poster Brian N. Potter & Joey Pierre Stewart Powell Bryan Prado Rick Quezada & Phillip Ybarra Peggy Rajski* Babs & Hal Reiff Charles Reynolds & Ellen Detlefsen Stephen Reynolds Kathleen Rivera & Sally Lewis Luis Rodriguez Villa Carol & Wayne Rogers David W. Salvaggio Brooks S. Salzwedel Drew Samparani Gumercindo Samson Kimihiro Sato Richard Savage & Lane Adams Donna & Peter Schlessel David Schneiderman Ezra Shalam Dr. Ronald Shaw Catherine Shitara David A. Smith & Matthew Karimi Erik William Smith Don Snyder & Scott Snussen Sue & Bob Spiegel Howard Stahl & Dr. Michael Frese Matthew Steiger James Sullivan Rich Sullivan Anthony Tan Dominick & Sally Taglialatella Brian J. Theobald Julie Tokashiki Gary Trethaway Frank Voci Gerard C. Kraaijeveld & Eric A. Webber Tom Weedon Steve Weisbart & Shami Arslanian Valarie Westberg Kate Wheatley* Thomas Whitman William Wilson Martha Wing Kathleen Wood Ron Yerxa & Annette Ballester Rachel Zoe & Rodger Berman Ryan Zynger* & Justin Warren Randy Stone Call Center Campaign Randy Stone Call Center donors made a two-year commitment of $10,000 or more to expand our Los Angeles call center operations and to operate a new call center in New York City. We extend our gratitude to the following donors for their contributions: Jodie Foster H. van Ameringen Foundation Jeffrey Stone Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund Bryan Bantry Kathy Kinney David Rosen & Paul Reitz Anonymous Foundations We extend our thanks to the following foundations that have provided general operating and program-related funding to The Trevor Project: $20,000 + AT&T Foundation The Calamus Foundation Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund H. van Ameringen Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Zarley Family Foundation $10,000 - $19,999 The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation David Bohnett Foundation The Helene Foundation David H. & Barbara M. Jacobs Foundation Johnson Family Foundation Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation Small Change Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Deutsche Bank David Geffen Foundation Gesso Foundation Rainbow Endowment $1,000 - $4,999 The Brotman Foundation of California Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Disney Cast Community Fund Hargrove Pierce Foundation Kicking Assets Fund of the Tides Foundation The Livney Foundation Shaker Family Foundation Circle of Life The Circle of Life was established to recognize individuals who have created gifts to The Trevor Project through planned giving either in their estate planning or as a bequest. Gift in memory of Aleida Estela Santiago Arlene Reed Bequest Tithe on behalf of Hollywood Lutheran Church Eleanor J. Ross Trust If we have inadvertently omitted or incorrectly listed your name, please contact Siana-Lea Gildard at 310.271.8845. * Denotes Board Member 7 Social Networking New Ways to Stay Connected with The Trevor Project The Trevor Project has expanded its online presence in an effort to interface with youth in new ways. Social networking sites such as Facebook.com have grown remarkably in the past few years and attract an audience of millions. With many of Facebook’s users in our target age demographic of 13 to 24, carving out a niche for The Trevor Project in this realm was a natural fit. Since launching our Facebook fan page in September, membership has surpassed 1,200 fans! Featured on this page is information about our programs, photo galleries, upcoming events listings, a blog feed and videos. We can quickly push updates to our members through this page, making it an ideal means for communication. TrevorBLOG is updated about three times per week and features news articles pertinent to LGBTQ youth, in addition to personal reflections by staff and guest authors on a myriad of topics. Subscribe to the RSS feed and you’ll never miss an update at TheTrevorProject.wordpress.com. TrevorSpace celebrated its official launch on October 1, 2008 and is the only social networking site for LGBTQ youth and their friends ages 13 to 24. Our helpline counselors refer youth to this site to meet LGBTQ peers from across the country. Members can create a profile and even upload videos, create groups and write their own blogs. With more than 700 members, TrevorSpace is quickly becoming the premiere online destination for LGBTQ youth! Help earn valuable points for Trevor! The Trevor Project’s Business ExtrAA account number 786674. TREVOR EVENTS JANUARY Prayers for Bobby Viewing Parties January 24, Nationwide Visit our Web site for more details FEBRUARY Oscar Night February 22 HERE Lounge, Los Angeles MARCH Nieman Marcus Fashion Show Los Angeles, California MAY Upright LA Cabaret May 23 Palm Springs, California JUNE Trevor NY June 29 New York City, New York Visit TheTrevorProject.org for a complete events listing. 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