Saturday, August 2, 2008

I'm Glad I Failed

Our friends at The Trevor Project have just launched a powerful new ad campaign aimed at decreasing the suicide rate among LGBT young people.

The I'm Glad I Failed campaign is in response to overwhelming evidence showing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are far more likely than their straight counterparts to attempt or commit suicide. "The campaign," Trevor Project executive director Charles Robbins wrote recently on Bilerico, "depicts gay youth with stories about how intolerance and harassment led them to attempt suicide, and how glad they are that those attempts failed because their lives have since changed for the better."

"It is tragic to know that suicide rates among LGBTQ youth are highest during the back-to-school season," Robbins writes. "Beginning a new school year in high school or college creates stress and difficulties for many young people, and struggling with sexual orientation issues can trigger additional challenges. That is precisely why we are launching the "I'm Glad I Failed" campaign this September to coincide with the start of the new school year, as well as National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 7 through 13, 2008)."

To learn more about the campaign, click here. And for Robbins' complete write-up about the motivation behind the ads, visit Bilerico online.

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