YouTube faces and author Tyler Oakley talks about the time when he was outed high school friend as part of a powerful campaign aimed at empowering young people LGBT people and allies.
"I was in the school musical, so right before we open the show, we do view the school for the entire school," Oakley, which is a & # 39 is on the current season of CBS «The Amazing Race», he says in the clip above. "It was an exciting day, and I remember one of my friends came into the room and told me that she had told a few people that I'm gay. She was the only person I ever told her she was the only person I trusted. My heart sank. "
Experience, he said, left him feeling "helpless and alone."
"… I remember feeling like I have no control over their own story anymore," he said. "I have no control over, how do I get to tell everyone my deepest, darkest secret – my truth."
Interview & # 39; S N & # 39 is part of a "Anytime, anywhere," the new company Oakley with The Trevor Project, which focuses on LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention. Release of a video Tuesday coincides with the expansion of the text and chat Trevor Project consulting services, TrevorText and TrevorChat, are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the first time in the history of the 21-year period.
Studies have shown that lesbian, gay and bisexual young people almost five times as likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth. As for transsexuals, 40% of adults reported a trance that made suicide attempt – 92% of them said that they did so before the age of 25 years.
"Moments of crisis are different for everyone, and I hope that by sharing my, LGBTQ youth know that there's no reason, is too large or small, to enter the Trevor Project," said Oakley in a statement at Trevor Project's website. "The request for support is not always easy – it is important to address LGBTQ young people where they are, with the consultants, who are trained to meet their individual needs, and on the platforms, they convenient to use."
CEO of The Trevor Project and CEO Amit Paley He said the organization is working with Oakley and AT & T, to expand its services in the hope of making them as accessible as possible for young people (many of them with & # 39 are more comfortable with the text, and service chat, than talking on the phone), as a possible.
"Trevor Project wants every young man LGBTQ know that they are never alone and can always turn to us for help," he said in a statement.