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Gillian Anderson, December 2, 2001 Cracked Xmas benefit for The Trevor Project, which focuses on crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

I think it affects me because of my own struggles as a teenager. I don’t know if I would have used a hotline at that time, so I know what it feels like to be stranded, to not be able to pick up the phone and not trust that that’s gonna help and to not trust there will be somebody trustworthy on the other line that understands. I think it just reminds me. Just a constant reminder of what that was like. If it is about growing up in a town or in a family that is intolerant of one’s inner self, whether it’s a parent or friends or the neighborhood, I mean, it’s like, that is supposed to be your safety. That is supposed to be where you learn who you are and learn what you stand for and learn that everything is okay so that you can find that place and then go out into the world. And if it’s a bad place, there is no safety and there is judgment and there is fear, and the potentiality for a very difficult and shaky and confused and lonely life is there. So nipping it in the bud really early is a real good thing.


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legitimately praying and hoping for the safety of american lgbt+ people and communities. you are valid, you matter, you are not alone, and it will be okay. you are valuable. you are powerful. it is not your fault. i believe you, and i believe in you. the sooner we come together as global communities and protect each other the better, hotlines for the usa are below, please don’t hesitate to talk to me if you ever need someone to listen to you.

we will be okay.

usa suicide hotline: 1-800-784-2433

trevor project lifeline:  1-866-488-7386

suicide prevention services crisis hotline: 800-784-2433

suicide prevention services depression hotline: 630-482-9696

child abuse hotline - support & information: 800-792-5200

crisis help line - for any kind of crisis: 800-233-4357

sexual assault hotline (english and spanish) : 800-223-5001

national domestic violence hotline: 800-799-SAFE

national youth crisis hotline: 800-448-4663

national child abuse hotline: 800-422-4453

suicide & depression hotline – covenant house: 800-999-9999

runaway hotline (all calls are confidential) : 800-231-6946

domestic & teen dating violence hotline (english and spanish) : 800-992-2600

Instead of saying, ‘Asexuality doesn’t exist,’ try saying, 'Asexuality is a sexual orientation just like bi, gay, lesbian, and pan.’

Instead of saying, 'You will know when it’s time to have sex,’ try saying, 'Love doesn’t equal sex.’

Instead of saying, 'Have you seen a doctor?’ try saying, 'There are many happy, healthy relationships that don’t have sex involved in them.’

Instead of saying, 'This will pass, it is just a phase. Everyone wants sex sometimes,’ try saying, 'Sexuality is fluid and exists on a huge spectrum. There are many different types of sexuality.’

Instead of saying, 'Sex is a natural part of adult relationships,’ try saying, 'Sex and sexuality are complicated to figure out. Give yourself time and space to explore what you are feeling.’

—  Asexual Awareness Week’s advice to the Trevor project, from the two-page document drafted by Sara Beth Brooks (pearlsfromthewest).
This is why Alec is so important.

I just can’t explain how much Alec means to me. Being a closeted gay myself, it means the world to me to have a character like Alec in my life. For those of you that have no idea how it feels to be closeted, it’s torture. You go from being absolutely terrified, to just wanting to be yourself and being unable to. There’s so much on the line being in the closet, because it means having to come out and having the risk of losing everything/everyone. You don’t know if your family will accept you, and you don’t know if they’ll disown you or even kick you out. It’s a lot of pain and a large burden to hold all the time. When I read TMI, I identified so much with sweet lil muffin Alec and I loved reading his story. His story shows an accurate representation of the stages of being in the closet, to coming out, to closeted relationships. Seeing Alec in Shadowhunters struggle so deeply about who he is, is so eye opening for people who have no idea what it feels to be gay and/or in the closet. When you’re in the closet you feel shameful, you’ve gone through stages where you hated the fact that you’re gay, you’ve struggled so deeply inside about this. Add the constant fear of someone finding out and never speaking to you again. People who aren’t 100% accepting of gay people, because they don’t understand it will begin to understand it more and accept it more, as they watch Alec struggle so internally. His character is spreading awareness to non-LGBTQ+ people and honestly to homophobes, as well. Alec’s character is also so important on this show, because he is going to give hope to the LGBTQ+ youth. They’ll see Alec struggling so deeply inside and it will resonate with them, because they understand how he feels and then they’ll feel like they’re not alone. They’ll start accepting theirselves a little bit more, because seeing Alec will help them realize that there’s nothing wrong with who they are. Alexander Lightwood is so important to have in not only Shadowhunters, but just on tv in general. To all the LGBTQ+ youth out there, there’s nothing wrong with who you are and you aren’t alone. If you need someone to look up to, look up to Alec. When I read the books he helped me come to be more accepting of myself and made me feel less alone, so I hope he can do the same for you. Honestly, if you don’t watch Shadowhunters for whatever reason, I think the show is worth watching even if you’re just there for Alec.