047: A Place Where LGBT Youth Can Feel Accepted — Camp Brave Trails with Matt Marr

LGBT teens are struggling to find peace within themselves and acceptance from their communities.

Matt Marr is the Communications Director at Camp Brave Trails and the host of the Dear Mattie Show. Matt worked as a suicide hotline operator for The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping struggling LGBT youth.  Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp that offers an open environment for LGBT youth to be themselves. Matt talks about both of these important projects, and how they’re helping today’s LGBT and questioning youth to feel more at peace within themselves.

Key Takeaways:

[4:55] Find out more about Matt Marr.

[10:25] Matt came out as gay when he was 19.

[11:35] Matt discusses how he discovered The Trevor Project.

[17:00] Tim Gunn from Project Runway tried to commit suicide at one point in his life.

[20:00] When people feel alone, they could be in the most crowded room ever and it still wouldn’t make a difference.

[24:30] Matt talks about Camp Brave Trails.

[26:10] Tell your story in a manipulative way — Matt explains further.

[32:15] Be sure to check out Marshall Ganz’s work.

[33:00] Camp Brave Trails got started 2 years ago.

[42:50] What does Matt do at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute?

[52:35] We’re living in a connected world.

[54:15] Rob noticed that Matt has got some awfully good looking people on his Dear Mattie Show.

[55:45] Matt talks about why he started his podcast, the Dear Mattie Show.

[59:00] People are naturally very giving. A couple of bad apples shouldn’t spoil the whole bunch!

Mentioned in This Episode:

Giving Back Podcast


Camp Brave Trails.org

Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.org

The Trevor Project.org

It Gets Better.org

YouTube Video: It Gets Better by Tim Gunn



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