The Trevor Project @ Roscoe’s Tonight

Today’s post, by The Marin Foundation’s Administrator Melinda Guerra, is on why events like tonight’s are so important.   Please join us for this evening’s  Living in the Tension…. details below.

One afternoon a few years ago, I lightheartedly composed a grateful text to my best friend, thanking him for matching me in mind and wit, for meeting me with enthusiasm and depth, for actually being interested in the variety of personality tests over which I geek out, and for creating with me the friendship which was at the top of my reasons I had, in  terribly dark, then-recent months, told myself I couldn’t actually let suicide be a valid option.  It’s not the kind of text one expects to get, but after a series of especially awful months,  I was grateful it was one I could give.

I’ve been in places where suicide sat at the table with other options, and I struggle for words to convey the shape of the sharp-clawed monster to someone who’s never seen it. Unfortunately, too many know it first-hand because they’ve felt it clawing at them, or seen what it did to someone they loved.

The statistics*, frankly, are terrifying:

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
  • Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.

For tonight’s Living in the Tension, we’ve brought The Trevor Project to Chicago for a special (and FREE) presentation on the role faith communities can play in saving lives.  Join us at Roscoe’s (3356 N Halsted St, Chicago) at 7pm. For more information see our Facebook event page.

*Stats courtesy of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).