His father, furious that his son had just come out as gay, told the teenager that the family’s gun cabinet was unlocked and that his son should use one of the weapons to kill himself, to stop his father from being “embarrassed” by him. “I don’t have anywhere to go,” the 14-year-old said. The young man was calling the Trevor Project’s confidential, toll-free, 24-hour ‘Lifeline’ suicide prevention hotline earlier this year from a conservative, rural part of Middle America, and Amit Paley had taken his call. Newly appointed as CEO of the Trevor Project, Paley, a hotline volunteer for six years, still does regular four-hour shifts taking calls from young LGBTQ people aged 13-24 at risk of suicide or in crisis. In 2015, the nonprofit’s 920 volunteers helped over 200,000 young people.
July 5 / Daily Beast