Civic Duty Supports National Outreach Programs for Today’s LGBTQ Youth

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Discrimination and bullying in today’s hetero-centric American culture are contributing factors to the suicides of many LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project appreciates the support of Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, who through their charity Civic Duty, are supporters of their crisis and suicide prevention services and programs.

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The Trevor Project thanks Civic Duty and the Omidi brothers for the support and sponsorship of their national crisis and suicide prevention organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teenagers and young adults. It is believed that LGBTQ teenagers are four times more likely than their heterosexual peers to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources such as our 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline and digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive, and positive environment for everyone. We envision a future where the possibilities, opportunities, and dreams are the same for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and we’d like to thank the Omidi brothers and Civic Duty for helping us to draw closer to that vision.

The Trevor Project is the only national crisis and suicide prevention service dedicated to the adolescent and young adult LGBTQ community. The telephone crisis hotline provides assistance for more than 36,000 callers every year, and the Trevor Project offers digital assistance via online chat sessions, text messaging and question forums. Additionally, the Trevor Project offers Trevor Lifeguard Workshops, which provide educators and youth counselors with the tools and resources necessary to help troubled LGBTQ youth, and recognize the warning signs of suicidal inclinations and other emotional distresses. The Trevor Project was recognized by the American Association of Suicidology as being an exemplary crisis intervention service.

The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org) was founded by Randy Stone, James Lescene and Peggy Rajski, a group of filmmakers responsible for the 1998 short film, “Trevor”. “Trevor” was a film about a 13-year-old gay junior high school student, whose crush on a classmate leads him to attempt suicide.

Civic Duty (http://www.civicduty.org) is dedicated to mankind’s search for meaning and promotes the values of its founders, philanthropists Julian Omidi and his brother Dr. Michael Omidi. The charity’s mission is to inspire creative outreach, community service, and volunteerism through the stories of every-day people who are making an extraordinary difference in the world. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” To get involved and help make a difference, send us a message using the website’s Contact Us function. More information about Civic Duty can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.

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