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.
On Tuesday, October 23, Nellie’s will host an evening of Drag Bingo from 8 until 10 pm to benefit The Trevor Project. Chanel Devereaux will host an over-the-top edition of drag bingo on the first floor; attendees can choose to join in on the game or hangout with friends on the roof deck.
There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door, all of which goes to the Trevor Project, and proceeds from Nellie’s beers will be donated all night (from 5 pm until close).
The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. Nellie’s is at 900 U Street NW.
Why paint the town red when you can paint the town Trevor?
On Wednesday, June 6, DC Ambassadors of The Trevor Project – a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth – will host an evening of hors d’oeuvres, open bar and live music at Town Danceboutique.
This year’s event is the third annual Trevor Project DC Pride fundraiser, which raises money for the organization’s education and outreach efforts.
The party runs from 6:30 to 9 pm; tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. Town Danceboutique is at 2009 8th Street NW.
Local artist Kreg D. Kelley will unveil more than 30 pieces in an exhibition, “New Works on Canvas 2012,” this Friday, January 27. The exhibition will be from 6 to 9 pm at Century 21 Redwood Realty (17th and Q Streets NW). New Works on Canvas 2012
A portion of all sales will be donated to the Washington Animal Rescue League, Washington Humane Society, Easter Seals and The Trevor Project (check out the local group of The Trevor Project). In addition to abstraction and 3D works on canvas, Kelley utilizes damaged antique engravings and artifacts from the 18th and 19th Centuries into his pieces.
The Trevor Project’s DC fundraiser on September 9 was a sold-out event, with 300 people enjoying a Friday evening on the top floor and terrace of Room & Board on 14th Street NW. The event, organized by the Project’s DC Ambassador’s Committee, raised $18,945 for the organization.
The event was in support of the Trevor Project’s “Talk To Me” Campaign for Conversation, in support of National Suicide Prevention Week. LGBTQ youth are one-third less likely to attempt suicide if they have just one supportive adult in their lives.
The Committee is a group of volunteers who meet monthly and are dedicated to helping raise awareness of The Trevor Project‘s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. They work with schools in the DC area to reach kids directly and raise awareness of the issue. The Committee also helps through volunteerism and fundraising to help The Trevor Project carry on their life-saving efforts.
“This past year, Trevor Project members were invited to participate in the DCPS LGBTQ Steering Committee, which has culminated in the creation of a comprehensive ‘Plan to Create An Inclusive School Community,’ which we are thrilled to report has just been approved!” said Celina Gerbic, who heads the Committee’s Education and Outreach Committee.
DCPS will be unveiling the plan in 20 pilot schools this fall, according to Gerbic. The Trevor Project also participated in training 140 DCPS social workers on LGBTQ issues earlier this year. A group of the DC Ambassadors Council have completed their Lifeguard Workshop training, allowing them to go into schools to educate youth on suicide prevention, and in May they participated in their first ever workshops with youth in the DC area.
The Trevor Project’s DC Ambassadors Committee is headed by Co-Chairs, Adam Marquez and Joff Masukawa, and consists of several committee teams. The Education & Outreach Committee is headed by Gerbic, the Policy Committee is by Travis Crytzer, the Communications Team by Kevin Roland, Justin Shine and Trey Davis, the Volunteers Committee by Tom Johnson, and the Fundraising & Events Committee by Chad Fleming. Nick Seaver serves as the key Facebook liaison for the DC Ambassadors Committee.
The event at Room & Board was chaired by Roland, food was provided by DC Ambassadors Committee member Susan Fallon of Blue Ocean Kitchen and fellow chefs, along with Whole Foods; music was provided by Gerbic’s band, Alternate Route. Wine and liquor were donated by Cobalt/Level One.
The week of September 4 is National Suicide Prevention Week and the Washington, DC Ambassadors Committee of The Trevor Project is holding a fall fundraiser this Friday.
The September 9 event is from 7 to 9 pm at Room & Board, 14th and T Streets NW. Tickets are $50 in advanceand $75 at the door.
The Committee is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping raise awareness of The Trevor Project‘s mission of ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. They work with schools in the DC area to reach kids directly and raise awareness of the issue. The Committee also helps through volunteerism and fundraising to help The Trevor Project carry on their life-saving efforts.
From Berrak Sarikaya
DC is a town always brimming with happy hours, concerts, dance parties and benefits, especially on weekends. Let’s make this one special and come together as a community on Friday night at 18th & U Duplex Diner to support The Trevor Project.
Your $10 donation at the door will go directly to the project and you will receive discounted rail drinks all night, courtesy of Duplex Diner. The evening is titled, “We Made It – A Fundraiser for LGBTQ Youth (The Trevor Project).”
Not familiar with The Trevor Project? The Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.
It’s possible that you saw Ellen DeGeneres’s video message before you even heard about the “It Gets Better” project. DeGeneres’s video became viral following yet another tragic suicide of a teen who was a victim of cyber bullying. In addition to Ellen DeGeneres’s message, celebrities are speaking out to raise awareness of cyber bullying and bullying of gay teens.
In the new PSA spot, “It Gets Better,” celebrities encourage teens to reach out to The Trevor Project. Videos are being added to the “It Gets Better” project daily from people all across the country, whether they were bullied or not at one point in their lives. There are even former bullies apologizing, telling LGBTQ youth that It Gets Better.
Full details about Friday’s benefit at Duplex Diner are here.
- What: “We Made It – A Fundraiser for LGBTQ Youth (The Trevor Project).”
- Location: 18th & U Duplex Diner, 2004 18th St. NW
- Date: Friday, October 8
- Time: 7 to 10 pm (After HHHH at Donovan House and before Siren at APEX)
- $10 Donation includes discounted rail drinks and a souvenir The Trevor Project button.
If you cannot attend, we encourage you to make a donation to The Trevor Project online.