Sunday, April 18, 2010

Queer Etsy Street Team and the Trevor Project

If you've paid attention to my Etsy shop or blog for a while, you've probably noticed that I'm a huge LGBT supporter.  I'm a member of the Queer Etsy Street Team which is a collective group of dozens of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other queer Etsy artisans.  You've probably even seen our shop mini in the left hand column of the blog.  What you may not know is that our shop is dedicated to supporting charity and we could use your support.

The team has chosen the Trevor Project by my suggestion as the current charity we'd like to support.  All purchases from the shop will 100% go to support this organization.  The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.  The helpline they provide is nationwide and available 24 hours a day.  This group is the only one in the country providing this type of service to our kids.  Check out the history as taken from their website:

History of Trevor Project

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 teen 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 helpline 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 Helpline was established and became the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Today, in addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention helpline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, and also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents.

Help us support this organization by making a purchase from the team shop.  Your item will be mailed to you directly by the artisan and all of your money (minus the fees Etsy and PayPal automatically deduct) will go directly to the organization to support their goals.  Whether or not you're in a financial position to help at this time, you can still be a vital part of our efforts by tweeting and Digging this blog post using the icons at the top of this post.  Please share it with as many people as you can as we'd like to help as many teens as possible with our efforts.  Thanks in advance for all you can do.

Until next time,