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The Trevor Project, GLSEN, and Facebook Team Up to End LGBTQ Online Bullying

The Trevor Project, GLSEN, and Facebook Team Up to End LGBTQ Online Bullying

The Trevor Project, GLSEN, and Facebook Team Up to End LGBTQ Online Bullying

"Half of all LGBTQ young people will experience homophobic bullying online."

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"Over 400,000 LGBTQ young people will be bullied in a year just for being who they are, and half of all LGBTQ young people will experience homophobic bullying online," and the Trevor Project, GLSEN, and Facebook have teamed up to put an end to it.

They've released the End Bullying, Be Kind Online guide to tackle LGBTQ abuse on the internet.

"The Trevor Project strives to create a world where all are safe, approached with respect and treated fairly regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are thrilled to have Facebook as our partner in this endeavor. The future is bright, indeed."

The nine-page document gives eye-opening statistics on bullying in the LGBTQ community, outlines Facebook's safety policies, and offers explicit methods to help end the bullying epidemic.

"LGBTQ people turn to Facebook to celebrate progress, find support and just be themselves," Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety at Facebook, told PRIDE. "We’re proud to support the LGBTQ community, online and offline. That’s why we partnered with The Trevor Project and GLSEN on a new guide for LGBTQ young people, their families, and allies. It provides best practices for how to provide support to someone who may be experiencing online bullying and create a more safe and positive online environment for all."

Here are a few of their tips for tackling LGBTQ bullying online:

HEAR IT, STOP IT, DON’T BE A BYSTANDER: Stand up for others if you see them being targeted online, don’t be a bystander – support your friends, demonstrate that you’re by their side.

REACH OUT AND REPORT: There is a report button on every piece of content on Facebook, meaning that you can report anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

THINK TWICE: Think twice before posting and consider how your own behavior might harm others, even if unintentionally.

GET HELP: If you see a friend post something on Facebook and you are concerned they might harm themselves, reach out to Facebook for help. You can report suicidal content directly to Facebook after you call 911 or your local law enforcement.

Read the full End Bullying, Be Kind Online guide here.

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!