Museum Advocacy: LGBTQ Community Projects

In our last class we talked about issues in the LGBTQ community. One issue in the LGBTQ community faces is adolescents that are struggling with their sexuality and identity getting bullied and considering or attempting suicide.

The Trevor Project was created in 1998 by the producers of the Academy Award winning film Trevor. The Trevor Project is a crisis and suicide prevention resource for LGBTQ adolescents ages 13-24. The Trevor Project  provides support for many LGBTQ adolescents.

trevor2Another program, the It Gets Better Project is a national and international program that provides resources for LGBT adolescents who are being bullied and feel like they do not have support. Founded in 2010 by author Dan Savage, he and his partner Terry Miller created a YouTube video to give hope to LGBT young adults. “The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.”

These programs could guide museum professionals to consider how they can help the LGBTQ community by providing a safe space to build dialogue about issues and connect with these programs and support.