Last updated on: 7/19/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Trevor Project Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Many people, including a large number of scientists, believe that sexual orientation is genetic and that people are gay because they are born gay. There are other people who believe that sexual orientation is determined by the person’s upbringing including their family life and the society and culture in which they’re raised. Then there are those who think it is a combination of both…

Whatever the reason is (and it is possible we may never know), what’s important to understand is that being gay is natural and normal as are all sexual orientations including lesbian, bisexual, and straight. Like the color of your eyes, it is simply part of what makes you who you are.”

Reply to a “Dear Trevor” letter from “Michael, 15, Munford TN,” www.thetrevorproject.org (accessed July 19, 2011)

[Editor’s Note: The Not Clearly Pro or Con statement above was not dated by The Trevor Project. We found it on the same date (July 19, 2011) as the Pro statement below.]

“It sounds as though most of [your friends], if not all of them, are straight. This is not a bad thing—they were born straight, just as you were born gay, and you are united by your common humanity.”

Reply to a “Dear Trevor” letter from “Ryan, 18, Brownsville TX,” www.thetrevorproject.org (accessed July 19, 2011)

Description:

“The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.
When Trevor was scheduled to air on HBO® in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program’s young viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and began to search for an appropriate support line to broadcast during the airing. They discovered that no such lifeline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. Thus, The Trevor Project was born, and with seed funding provided by The Colin Higgins Foundation, The Trevor Lifeline was established and became the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Today, in addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention lifeline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, as well as lifesaving guidance and vital resources for educators and parents.”

“About Trevor,” www.thetrevorproject.org (accessed July 19, 2011)

Mission:

“The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning] youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.”

“About Trevor,” www.thetrevorproject.org (accessed July 19, 2011)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Quoted in:
  1. Is There an Age by Which People Realize Their Sexual Orientation?