From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Much of Capital Pride Week is about celebration and much is about education, understanding and improving our communities.
One of the events this week that blends the two together is A Night Out For Trevor, a fundraising event for the Trevor Project. Taking place at the Palomar Hotel (2121 P Street NW), this fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 7, from 7 to 9:30 pm. At this exciting event, you’ll find:
- Open bar
- Hors d’oeuvres
- An a cappella performance by Potomac Fever of the Washington Gay Men’s Chorus
- Music by DJ Khelan Bhatia
- Silent auction
Standard tickets are available for $75 in advance and $85 at the door; Trevor Star tickets are available in advance for $150. All proceeds will go toward The Trevor Project’s activities here in DC and nationwide.
What Is The Trevor Project?
The Trevor Project is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization focused on LGBTQ teens. The Project began in 1998 after the release of Trevor, a short film about a homosexual teenager experiencing prejudice from his family and friends. The filmmakers — James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone — had the realization that there were many youths experiencing in the real world what their character Trevor was experiencing within the film.
The film was released in 1994, tied for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject in 1995, and the Trevor Lifeline was begun in August 1998. Since then, the Project has continued to grow and expand its scope in helping the LGBTQ youth community.
Suicidal behavior is a troubling problem for teens overall but a significantly more prevalent issue for LGBTQ teens. A 2008 paper by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (“Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth“) that collected a number of studies showed that LGB teens are up to seven times more likely to attempt suicide than non-LGB teens. The Trevor Project is working not just to decrease that ratio, but to help drop the total number of suicides and suicide attempts amongst all teens.