Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
As part of YouTube’s ongoing commitment to support the LGBTQ+ community, YouTube announced two global livestream events to raise money and awareness for The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Both events will premiere during LGBTQ+ Pride month in June.
“YouTube, at its best, is a place where authentic voices can find community and share their unique stories with the world,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. “At a time when in-person events are still limited, YouTube Originals will supersize the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community by honoring its authentic voices, recognizing its unique stories, and amplifying the pride that this vibrant community has already shared with the world.”
A live Minecraft competition will stream exclusively on YouTube Gaming in June featuring creators from around the world with the goal of bringing awareness to mental health issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, in addition to raising money for the Trevor Project via a donation link. More details and participating creators will be announced soon.
Both livestream events are a continuation of a long standing relationship between Google, YouTube, and The Trevor Project, including a multiyear grant from Google.org to enable the Trevor Project to introduce machine learning and natural language processing into The Trevor Project’s platforms and the creation of a new AI-powered training tool called the Crisis Contact Simulator.
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678678.