We are fortunate to live in a time where queerness can be celebrated on a national scale. Despite misguided attempts at silencing queerness through violence, intimidation, and legislation, people who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ come together each June during Pride Month to stand in their power and celebrate the triumphs that demanded equitable treatment and recognition.
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is proud to support young people who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ , and loudly celebrates youth who live authentically as themselves. This is something that we do year-round by partnering with organizations that provide essential LGBTQIA2S+ affirming resources and education, through our crisis services and programs that enable us to connect directly with vulnerable youth in, by amplifying the diverse voices of our Youth Advisory Board, and more.
Our Crisis Services and Prevention Report from 2021, revealed that 10% of callers who shared their gender identified as transgender or nonbinary, which is an increase from 7% in 2020 and 5% in 2019. As well as In response to this increase, we have used our digital media platforms to reinforce our support for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. We have also partnered with iconic organizations like The Trevor Project, to spread awareness about mental health issues impact LGBTQIA2S+ youth and allies. In addition, our new “Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum” includes a module focussed on both gender expression and sexual orientation.
During Pride Month, and every month, let us stand united in our efforts to create a community where LGBTQIA2S+ youth can thrive without fear or judgment. It is crucial to support young people in their own community and make sure they feel seen and heard. Education and awareness play a vital role in fostering understanding and acceptance. The right to vote is a powerful tool that can create systemic change and help ensure the voices of LGBTQIA2S+ youth are heard and represented. Being informed and taking action can build a more inclusive future.
NRS is committed to supporting young people who face challenges related to sexual orientation and gender identity. If you need any assistance, reach out to us 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY and 1800RUNAWAY.org.