Awards to be presented at annual Cracked Xmas event in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 4, 2009) – The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, today announced that it will honor Emmy Award®-nominated actor Neil Patrick Harris and premier communications company AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) at Cracked Xmas 12. The event will be held at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on Dec. 6.
Harris, star of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother,” and host of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards this September, has emerged as a compelling example for LGBTQ youth through his extraordinary professional and personal success. The Trevor Project is pleased to bestow him with The Trevor Life Award, which annually honors an individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to LGBTQ youth. Jeff Probst, two-time Emmy Award-winning host of “Survivor,” will present Harris with the award.
“For many years, I have been a passionate and enthusiastic supporter of The Trevor Project’s lifesaving work, and I’m deeply honored to be recognized by an organization which has such a vital mission,” said Harris. “Everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be able to live their lives proudly as exactly who they are. I’m hopeful that in accepting this award, and in helping to build further awareness of The Trevor Project’s resources, I can in some small way make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth.”
AT&T has proved itself to be a champion of diversity and a progressive corporate leader committed to equality, as demonstrated by its continuous 100% Index rating by the Human Rights Campaign. The corporation will be presented with The Trevor Hope Award, which annually honors a company or organization that, through its policies, initiatives and other efforts, demonstrates a commitment to LGBTQ causes and is a prominent, public example of corporate acceptance of individuals regardless of sexual orientation.
“We appreciate being honored with The Trevor Hope Award,” said Troup Coronado, AT&T External Affairs – Los Angeles. “We’re proud to support the vital work being done by The Trevor Project and its ongoing efforts to support and enhance communication with youth, especially those most at risk.”
“Neil Patrick Harris and AT&T have both provided significant support to The Trevor Project and the LGBTQ youth whom it serves,” said Charles Robbins, executive director and CEO, The Trevor Project. “We applaud them for having the courage and conviction to set positive examples for young people, and for inspiring them to take pride in themselves and each other.”
Cracked Xmas, The Trevor Project’s largest, annual fundraiser, brings together top entertainers to support the organization’s programs including its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, community outreach, advocacy efforts and educational resources.
About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. The organization was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, “Trevor,” a comedy/drama about a gay teenager who attempts suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action). For more information, visit TheTrevorProject.org.
About Neil Patrick Harris
Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris continues to demonstrate his creative versatility. He can currently be seen as the womanizing Barney Stinson in the fifth season of the hit CBS comedy series, “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which garnered him a 2009 Golden Globe nomination and three consecutive Emmy Award nominations. Harris’ Barney is best known for his hilarious catchphrases, penchant for suits, and foolproof ways of picking up women. Named one of the “2008 Entertainers of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly, Harris served as host of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the 63rd Annual Tony Awards.
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