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Ian Benson Project



The Ian Benson Project is TYFA’s suicide prevention program.

The Amethyst Ribbon Campaign was established as part of the Ian Benson Project. Ian was a 16-year old affirmed male who took his own life in October 2007. Ian’s mother, TYFA’s secretary/treasurer, hopes to help other children and families avoid the pain and struggles that can lead to suicide among trans youth.



Help celebrate Ian’s life and educate others. Wear your pin (pictured above) in honor of Ian.Official PayPal Seal

For more information, read the press release about this campaign.

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You can also make an online donation in any amount to support this work.

To support this project by check, please make checks payable to: TransYouth Family Allies or TYFA

Mail to:
Attn: Program Manager
PO Box 1471
Holland, MI 49422-1471

Donations to TYFA are tax-deductible (Federal Tax I.D. 20-8050977).

Additional Resources

If you are in crisis, or if a young person you care about is in need of immediate help, please contact the following transgender-friendly services, available 24 hours a day.

GLBT National Youth TALKLINE

The Trevor Project Helpline