GIVING BACK TO THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
CALIBER is a proudly gay owned & operated business and we believe that helping our LGBTQ+ youth should be the highest priority.
With suicide rates at unprecedented all-time highs, it’s not only our task to undertake; it’s our duty to help!
That’s why, as of January 1st 2020, CALIBER will donate $1 for every $150 in sales on our site to the LGBT Youthline in Canada and The Trevor Project in the USA.
The money raised will help connect LGBTQ+ youth in crisis with lifesaving support in their hour of need.
LGBT Youth Line grew out of discussions in May 1993 among youth members of a then-forming national lesbian and gay rights group. Over the next year they developed the concept of a toll-free phone line to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning young people across Ontario. While gaylines existed in larger cities, the group recognized the need for a province-wide line that would serve rural and remote areas as well. It was agreed that isolation and lack of information are tremendous barriers facing youth. The group believed that a peer-based phone support line would alleviate the loneliness felt by queer youth, would help to prevent youth from making self-destructive choices because of their overwhelming isolation, and would affirm youth’s sexual identity.
The first organizing meeting of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line was held in June 1993 and included representatives from other queer youth organizations in Toronto. Through the hard work of volunteers and the support and endorsement of community agencies, the phone lines opened on May 2, 1994. Over the next two years, the service grew to provide peer support and information to over 400 young people per month.
To address a declining number of calls and changing technology, Youth Line launched live online chat in May 2009 and text support in 2011 for its peer support services. As of 2018, 53% of service users contacted the line through text and chat. In 2018, Youth Line increased its definition of ‘youth’ from 26 and under to 29 for service users, board members, and volunteers.
Youth Line regularly hosts community events, most notably the Youth Awards Gala, which celebrates the contributions of 2SLGBTQ youth leaders with awards in areas such as arts and culture, social and health services, social justice, queer and trans visibility, academic environments, and community empowerment.
Recently, YouthLine launched a new resources database to ensure that we can have reliable and current resources available for youth across Ontario, especially those in rural and suburban regions. We are also hosting our second cycle of Provincial Youth Ambassadors, a group of 18 youth, with a focus on Northern Ontario, that will raise awareness and supports in their local communities. YouthLine continues its legacy of fostering and celebrating youth leadership. In summer of 2019, we are launching YouthOrganize – a new online platform for 2SLGBTQ youth organizers across Ontario to connect, collaborate, ask questions, share resources, and build skills.
In 1994, producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone saw writer/performer James Lecesne bring to life Trevor, a character he created as part of his award-winning one-man show WORD OF MOUTH. Convinced Trevor’s story would make a wonderful short film, Stone and Rajski invited Lecesne to adapt it into a screenplay. Rajski directed the movie and TREVOR went on to win many prestigious awards including the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.
The Oscar-winning film eventually launched a national movement. When producer Randy Stone secured an airing on HBO with Ellen DeGeneres hosting, director/producer Peggy Rajski discovered there was no real place for young people like Trevor to turn when facing challenges similar to his. She quickly recruited mental health experts and figured out how to build the infrastructure necessary for a nationwide 24-hour crisis line, and writer James Lecesne secured the funds to start it. On the night their funny and moving coming-of-age story premiered on HBO in 1998, these visionary filmmakers launched the Trevor Lifeline, the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of young people in crisis have reached out to The Trevor Project’s multiple in-person and online life-saving, life-affirming resources–Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace and Trevor Education Workshops.
The Trevor Project is the premier organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.