The Trevor Project's CEO Amit Paley talks LGBTQ challenges today

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Let's first start with the positive here. The all of the things that have happened since stonewall for the better for LGBT LGBTQ people. What do you think are some of the biggest hurdles that LGBTQ people have overcome since stonewall? There've been a number of advances for LGBTQ people both on the, the legal and rights front as well as the cultural front more Americans now say that they know someone who is LGBTQ than ever before. We see representations of LGBTQ people in the media and, and in political rally. They're also have been a number of advances on the on the legal front, that gay and lesbian, bisexual people have the right to marry someone of the same gender. There have been changes in laws around discrimination, that have helped people on the state level in particular, and so that there have been growing writes, even as we know there's still a lot of challenges in a lot of work so left to do well in, let's talk about some of the challenges, and especially the ones that your organization, the Trevor project focuses on, which is with LGBTQ youth, and specifically suicide will tell us about the problem. First of all. Well, LGBTQ young people are, are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. We just did a national survey on LGBTQ youth mental health, which found that thirty nine percent of LGBTQ youth, have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, and that that amount is even higher for transgender non binary youth. And why do you think that is there, there are a number of different reasons why that's the case? But some of the reasons are the, the rejection and the discrimination, and hateful rhetoric that a lot of LGBTQ young people face every day both in their community. Sometimes that's from their family or in their schools or their faith communities. There's also, especially in the past few years been increasing heedful rhetoric happening from the highest levels of the of the US government and political figures that ends up having an effect because words, really, do not are, especially with young people will, let's listen to one person one young person named rain. Grayson. Who spoke recently about how the Trevor project helped when suicide was being considered I chose to reach out to the Trevor project through chat, instead of the phone because I couldn't stand the sound of my own voice, and I thought hearing it might drive me straight off the yellow ledge. When someone responded, I didn't let on that I was about to kill myself, but I told them that I felt alone I logged off fairly quickly, but not before I was told I wasn't alone, which might sound like a cliche, until you really do feel like there's no one that rain Grayson is transgender.

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