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Drag Race's A'Keria, Soju, and Silky Learn to Be a Lifeline for Youth

Drag Race's A'Keria, Soju, and Silky Learn to Be a Lifeline for Youth


The drag performers received training from the Trevor Project in talking to LGBTQ young people in crisis.

The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are standing up for LGBTQ youth.

A'Keria Chanel Davenport, Soju, and Silky Nutmeg Ganache, from season 11 of the VHI reality television competition, volunteered with The Trevor Project for one day.

In their time there, the queens engaged in a conversation about mental health and the dangers of online bullying for young people.

Afterward, the trio received information from the Director of Public Training, Chris Bright, about the training needed to become a volunteer for Trevor's crisis hotline.

The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay, queer, and questioning young people. The group offers a number of volunteer opportunities for adults, such as its 24/7 TrevorLifeline (866-488-7386), TrevorChat, and TrevorText programs, which offer young people feeling suicidal an avenue to talk.

The spotlight from A'Keria, Soju, and Silky on these issues is greatly needed. A recent report from Trevor shows that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ young people (ages 13 to 24) contemplate a suicide attempt each year in the United States.

Watch the queens' visit and training below.

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