KidThrive via Crowdrise
November 04, 2010
EVENT DATE: Oct 21, 2010
Here's The Solution
Kid Thrive's LGBTQ Text Line is an anonymous text messaging service that helps LGBTQ teens who may be dealing with the frequent gay bullying often associated with coming out or questioning their sexual identity. It is also for kids who are not gay, but are gay bullied, as well as for kids who want to support their gay friends, but do not know how.
Here's the Problem
Trying to figure out who you are can be a scary process, but it becomes a dangerous one without access to accurate information and resources. As you were growing up, did you have questions about your sexuality that you felt no one could answer? Who did you turn to for information? How did that go?
For many LGBTQ teens it is even trickier. There are few trusted sources to turn to for accurate information before something escalates. Maybe they have tried to ask questions, but have been discouraged by parents, friends and teachers.
Why You Should Care
Sadly, we have all heard about the senseless and tragic youth suicides. Taunted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth are:
- 4X more likely to engage in a fight requiring medical attention
- 5X as likely as heterosexual youth to have missed school out of fear
- 2X as likely to report symptoms of depression and substance abuse
- 3X as likely to report suicide attempts
- 2X as likely to put themselves at risk for HIV infection
Here's The Proven Solution Your Donation Is Supporting
We are proud partners with the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina and their successful BrdsNBz teen sexual health education text line. The BrdsNBz was the first service of its kind in the US, and has been featured by the New York Times, Fox News and others. It recently received the prestigious 2010 Emerging Innovation Award from the Healthy Teen Network.
Here's The Immediate Benefit To Teens
Now they have a place where answers can be found before a situation potentially spins out of control – anonymous, competent, caring and non-judgmental replies text directly back to their cell phones from a trained health educator within 24 hours. No shame. No preaching. No agenda. No charge. http://thealienloungelgbtq.wikispaces.com/
Your donation today will impact thousands of youth today!