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Abbe Land

Abbe Land is the Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. She is a recognized and respected health care professional with an impressive history of ensuring care to under-represented populations, and advocating for youth and the LGBT community.

Prior to joining Trevor, Abbe had served as co-CEO of The Saban Free Clinic in Los Angeles since 2003. While there, she oversaw all aspects of Saban’s operations, ensuring integration of physical and mental health; providing medical, dental, and mental health services to over 21,000 patients annually; and managing a full-time staff of 140 with more than 300 volunteers.

Abbe also has a wealth of public policy knowledge as a longtime elected official who champions the needs of youth. She has served the City of West Hollywood from 1986 to 1997 as a council member and was elected twice as mayor. Abbe was reelected to office in 2003 and is currently serving a four-year term, having won reelection in March 2011.

With a strong dedication to the community, Abbe serves on the advisory board of Women Against Gun Violence and on the board of directors of the California Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County. She is an appointed member of the L.A. County Department of Health Services' Women's Health Policy Council, and serves on the boards of the AIDS Community Action Foundation and of the Planned Parenthood-LA Advocacy Project.

A long-time resident of West Hollywood, Calif., Abbe lives with her husband, artist Martin Gantman.

Entries by Abbe Land

How The Defeat of HERO Impacts LGBTQ Youth

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 5:33 PM

As the Executive Director and CEO of the only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention program for LGBTQ youth, I am deeply disturbed by the hatemongering and transphobia that led to the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). This defeat is a setback to LGBTQ rights in...

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Recognizing Transgender Awareness Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 7:55 PM

As a suicide-prevention organization, The Trevor Project knows how important it is for young people to feel accepted for who they are and know that someone out there cares about their future. That's why we're standing alongside national organizations, colleges, and communities nationwide during Transgender Awareness Week (November 14-20) to...

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The Best 4-Letter Word I Know

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 6:57 PM

I have a favorite 4-letter word that packs a powerful punch. No, it isn't one that TV censors would rush to *bleep* out, nor is it a word that writers replace with %*#'s and $@%'s. However, it does carry a "bad word" stigma that it doesn't deserve. The word in...

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New Trainings Prevent Bullying on Campus

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:56 PM

"I chose to live. I withstood the pressure, the bad name-calling and jokes -- being called a 'fag.' I am a survivor... and today I try to educate others that taking your life is not the answer." --Josie, 21

2013-10-03-LGBTQOnCampus.jpgFor those of us...

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Live Proud

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Co-authored with Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California

June 28, 1969, seems to be such a long time ago, especially to today's youth. However, it was only 44 years ago when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. Although there were no...

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Jason Collins' Courage in Coming Out

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Every day, The Trevor Project hears from young people who struggle to accept who they are. This difficult journey to self-acceptance can be especially daunting when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youth search for public figures to relate to, but come up short. The isolation they feel is...

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Ignoring the 'Fiscal Cliff' Will Lead to an Unhappy New Year for LGBTQ Youth

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 9:46 AM

Americans are anxiously watching their calendars as congressional leaders debate over how to avoid the "fiscal cliff" by Jan. 1. However, there is more to this serious problem than meets the eye. Should Congress fail to reach a budget agreement and take action before New Year's Day, $54.7 billion in...

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Be an Ally to Help Youth in Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 6:48 PM

This time of year can be especially challenging for many school-age youth. Sometimes we forget how difficult it can be for a young person to ask for help, especially if they anticipate disapproval or judgment. Ally Week is a good time to commit to making it easy for...

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Take the Lead and Help Save a Life

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 11:59 AM

This September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time when we should all learn steps we can take to prevent the tragedy of suicide and take action to reduce risk for all people. During this month of awareness, I urge the LGBT community to take a stand and lead the...

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Eye on the Prize: The Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for LGBTQ Youth

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 2:31 PM

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 was both a shift in the way health-care services are administered in this country and an important step forward for youth health, particularly for vulnerable populations such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. We know that LGBTQ...

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Feds List LGBT People Among Priority Populations Affected by Health Disparities

(5) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 1:54 PM

A big development seems to have flown under the health care radar. For the first time ever, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been identified as a priority population affected by health disparities. Not only that, but the federal government has (finally) taken a stand that...

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The Anoka-Hennepin School District Settlement: A Sea Change for School Safety Nationwide

(9) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 12:40 PM

This week marks a historic paradigm shift in the way the federal government interacts with communities. The slow behemoth of federal justice moved at the breakneck pace of 16 months to create a blueprint for school safety that can be implemented nationwide, all in the interest of keeping...

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