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The Trevor Project Celebrates 15 Years at TrevorLIVE
West Hollywood, CA (December 9, 2013) – Last night The Trevor Project honored actress Jane Lynch with the Trevor Hero Award, Adam White with the Trevor Youth Innovator Award and Toyota with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award at TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium. This high-profile annual event was hosted by Kathy Griffin and benefitted the life-saving, life-affirming work of The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and young adults. The Sunday event celebrated The Trevor Project’s 15th anniversary and featured a live online pre-show of talent arrivals hosted by Shira Lazar of What’s Trending and YouTube sensation, Tyler Oakley, and sponsored by Toyota Financial Services and What’s Trending.
“I would love this moment to be falsely modest and say that I am no hero,” said Jane Lynch, Trevor Hero Award Honoree. "I would love to be able to say what I do is not extraordinary. But I can't. I deserve this freakin' award." Lynch went on to praise The Trevor Project’s volunteers who spend hours of rigorous training to selflessly help LGBTQ youth in crisis, every day.
TrevorLIVE featured performances by: Adam Lambert, Amber Riley, Beth Behrs, Big Sean, Candice Accola, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Criss, Fergie, Mark Salling, Megan Hilty and Sia. The star-studded event also included special appearances by: Andrew Rannells, Alex Newell, Allison Janney, Becca Tobin, Blake Jenner, Brant Daugherty, Chris Colfer, Dermott Mulroney, Dot-Marie Jones, Hannah Simone, Harry Shum Jr., Jacob Artist, James Wolk, Jason Collins, Jenna Ushkowitz, Jennifer Coolidge, Josh Duhamel, Kevin McHale, Kevin Williamson, Laura Vandervoort, Lawrence Zarian, Lisa Kudrow, Mandy Moore, Melissa Benoist, Michael Patrick King, Naya Rivera, Nina Dobrev, Paula Abdul, Ricki Lake, Ryan Murphy, Samantha Ronson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Whitney Cummings and many more! Adam Shankman once again served as Executive Producer and Director.
“I'm so excited and so humbled to be recognized and I am proud to represent the enormous potential of LGBTQ youth who identify as religious -- and of all unlikely thing, as a Mormon,” said Adam White, Trevor Youth Innovator Honoree.
“At Trevor, our past is tied to our present and our present makes our future possible,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Hero Award honors Jane Lynch for empowering youth through her career and personal endeavors, and increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. The Trevor 20/20 Award recognizes Toyota as a progressive organization that supports the LGBTQ community through its deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. The organization also honored Adam White, a senior at Brigham Young University, leader of ‘USGA at BYU’ (Understanding Same-Gender Attraction) and member of The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Committee, with the Trevor Youth Innovator Award.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.
Announcing The Official TrevorLIVE Red Carpet Pre-Show!
Toyota Financial Services and What's Trending present this 2-hour LIVE streaming event to feature interviews with Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin, Adam Shankman, Adam Lambert, Allison Janney, Darren Criss, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hannah Simone, Naya Rivera, and many more!
(West Hollywood, CA) -- Join hosts Shira Lazar and Tyler Oakley for exclusive interviews with Hollywood’s top celebrities as they arrive for TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles (TrevorLIVE LA) on Sunday, December 8, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. PST (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST). This exclusive live streaming event is presented by Toyota Financial Services and can be viewed live at TheTrevorProject.org/Livestream. TrevorLIVE LA is a high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment produced and directed by Adam Shankman, with actress/comedian/author Kathy Griffin as Special Celebrity Host and honoring actress Jane Lynch with the Trevor Hero Award. Toyota will receive the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award and Adam White is the recipient of the Trevor Youth Innovator Award. The star-studded evening includes performances by: Adam Lambert, Megan Hilty, Amber Riley, and Cheyenne Jackson, and special appearances by: Allison Janney, Andrew Rannells, Becca Tobin, Brant Daugherty, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Dot-Marie Jones, Hannah Simone, Harry Shum Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Naya Rivera, Ricki Lake, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and many more!
The Trevor Project is celebrating 15 years of saving lives, providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth at TrevorLIVE on December 8th. As TrevorLIVE’s official red carpet pre-show, this third annual live, online streaming event reaches LGBTQ youth worldwide, providing an interactive forum to hear from Hollywood’s top talent. Fans and supporters of The Trevor Project can submit questions for their favorite celebrities in advance of the red carpet pre-show presented by Toyota Financial Services and WhatsTrending.com by sending a Tweet to @TrevorProject with the hashtag, #TrevorLIVE.
“For the third year in a row, we’re proud to be part of the conversation surrounding TrevorLIVE LA,” said Damon Berger, Co-Founder and CEO of What’s Trending. “By joining forces with The Trevor Project we can help support a dialogue that stands for love and acceptance on all levels, while striving to entertain in the process.”
“At Toyota, we’ve long recognized the value of fostering diversity in every aspect of our business. So, we are particularly proud of the commitment our employees, at all levels, have shown in supporting The Trevor Project. And we are very excited to once again sponsor TrevorLIVE LA’s official red carpet pre-show,” said Justin Leach, Manager of Public Relations for Toyota Financial Services. “Toyota’s dedication to ensuring equality for the LGBT community is more than just good business; it’s engrained in who we are.”
“The Trevor Project is grateful for Toyota’s commitment to diversity, which in turn helps strengthen our capacity to assist LGBTQ youth in crisis,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “We are also indebted to our friends at What’s Trending, who work to promote the life-affirming messages behind the work Trevor is doing. We couldn’t do it alone and with such incredible partners, we know the future is possible.”
TrevorLIVE LA,presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo, occurs on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Hollywood Palladium. To purchase tickets to the event, visit TheTrevorProject.org/TrevorLIVELA.
About the Trevor Project:
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.
About Toyota Diversity:
To help unify the diversity efforts of all Toyota U.S. affiliates and to formalize objectives, Toyota created the Toyota 21st Century Diversity Strategy in 2001. The multi-billion dollar strategic investment encompasses human resources, procurement, minority advertising, dealership development, community support and strategic oversight. As a result, Toyota has made strong progress, including more than doubling its annual spending with diverse suppliers, increasing the number of ethnic minority and women owned dealerships and increasing their philanthropic giving to organizations that serve diverse populations. In addition, people of color now represent nearly 30 percent of Toyota’s U.S. employment.
About What’s Trending:
What’s Trending is the Emmy-nominated, real-time pulse of the YouTube universe, highlighting the hottest videos and personalities that make for the most watched content on the platform. A 24/7 news hub covering and curating the most shared videos on YouTube across the social web, the channel features guests and performances from celebrities, media influencers and YouTube stars every day. “What’s Trending” was founded by Shira Lazar and Damon Berger in May 2011. Stay connected and join the conversation by following the show at WhatsTrending.com and twitter @whatstrending.
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Kathy Griffin to Host TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles Benefit;
Jane Lynch to Receive the Trevor Hero Award
Adam Shankman to Produce for 4th Time
Los Angeles, CA (November 6, 2013) – Long time LGBTQ ally and activist, multi-Grammy Award-nominated, two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian and #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin will host TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles (TrevorLIVE LA) on December 8th at the Hollywood Palladium, presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo. Additionally, The Trevor Project will honor Golden Globe® Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch with the Trevor Hero Award for her support and advocacy of marriage equality.
Multi-hyphenated filmmaker Adam Shankman (ROCK OF AGES, HAIRSPRAY) will produce the show with special guests to be announced.
“We are deeply honored to announce Jane Lynch as our Trevor Hero Award honoree. Through her career and personal endeavors, Jane has emerged to be an unabashed proponent of equality for LGBTQ people, using her influence to pave the way for the futures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Additionally, Kathy has been an ardent ally of The Trevor Project, and we are elated that she is bringing her comedic talents to TrevorLIVE Los Angeles as this year’s host.”
The high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment celebrates 15 years of The Trevor Project’s life-saving, life-affirming work to prevent suicide among LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth. As previously announced the event will include the presentation of the Trevor Youth Innovator Award to Adam White, a senior at Brigham Young University, and the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award to Toyota. The Chair for the event is Ken Campbell. Tickets to TrevorLIVE LA may be purchased at: TheTrevorProject.org/TrevorLIVELA.
“I am so excited to be hosting TrevorLIVE Los Angeles and proud to be a part of this invaluable cause,” said Griffin. “The Trevor Project brings hopefulness to those in need and year after year, there are still more lives that need saving. The work that the Trevor Project does for our youth is powerful!”
Said Trevor Hero honoree Jane Lynch, “I’m proud to stand up for a cause I believe in and am deeply honored to receive the Trevor Hero Award. With the major strides, like the impending passage of ENDA, and the outpouring of LGBTQ characters in the media, it can be easy to forget that despite all this progress, challenges remain. The Trevor Project continues to provide essential support to those who need it most.”
Lynch can currently be seen in the Ryan Murphy television series Glee on FOX as Sue Sylvester. Some of her other recent television credits include the STARZ series Party Down, Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds as well as the last season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. She most recently starred in the Broadway production of Annie as Miss Hannigan in a limited run and can also be seen hosting NBC’s recent game show hit, Hollywood Game Night, produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. Her recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, the animated film Space Chimps, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho's Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming's Suffering Man's Charity, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover, and Surviving Eden.
Griffin most recently set a new Guinness World Records® title for the “Most Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian” and received Harvard Undergraduates Honoring Veteran’ Distinguished Service Partner Award for her work with military veterans. Griffin moved from her native Chicago and joined the famed Los Angeles Groundlings Theatre where she was a student and later a teacher. She built up her resume with guest spots on ER, X-files and Seinfeld. Griffin went on to co-star alongside Brooke Shields in Suddenly Susan on NBC. In 2005, she starred in her ground-breaking show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, for which she won 2 and was nominated for 8 Emmys. Her stand up specials Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell”; Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch; Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker; were nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Her memoir "Official Book Club Selection" was # 1 on the New York Times best seller list. Griffin’s comedy albums "For Your Consideration"(2008); “Kathy Griffin’s Sucking it for the Holiday’s” (2009); "Kathy Griffin does the Bible Belt" (2010); “Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant”(2011); and "Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class" (2012) have all been nominated for Grammy's. She received rave reviews on Broadway for her show “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony”. She is the recipient of The Trevor Project’s Trevor Life Award, the GLAAD Vanguard Award, and the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.
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TrevorLIVE Los Angeles Announces Honorees Adam White and Toyota
The 15th Annual Trevor Project benefit will take place on December 8th, 2013 in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA (October 2013) – On Sunday, December 8, 2013, The Trevor Project will hold its annual benefit event, TrevorLIVE Los Angeles (TrevorLIVE LA) presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo. The high-profile evening of music, comedy, entertainment and inspiring speeches announces its first honorees for the event. The event aims to raise awareness about all the work The Trevor Project does to prevent suicide among LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) young people. The event will include the presentation of the Trevor Youth Innovator Award to Adam White, a senior at Brigham Young University, and the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award to Toyota. The Chair for the event is Ken Campbell. Tickets to TrevorLIVE LA may be purchased at: TheTrevorProject.org/trevorlivela.
“The Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award honors Toyota for all the support they’ve given to the LGBTQ community, specifically for the work they’ve done with youth outreach,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Adam is an example of this support and a bona fide Trevor Youth Innovator, who works through his faith to ensure other LGBTQ Mormons find safety, community and acceptance. Our dynamic honorees serve to teach the greater community about what it means to break boundaries and stereotypes to benefit LGBTQ youth everywhere.”
As The Trevor Project strives to make schools and communities safer for LGBTQ youth, Adam White is an exemplary honoree for this initiative. The Trevor Youth Innovator Award honors a young LGBT, straight or questioning person under the age of 25 who strives to support, inspire and empower LGBT youth to reach for their dreams. Dedicated, creative and intensely positive about the future, Adam is also part of Trevor’s Youth Advisory Committee.
The Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award is presented to a corporation that publicly supports the LGBT community and works to advance an empowering future-focused message for LGBT young people and their allies nationwide. Toyota’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion is part of their mission to ensure employees, at all levels of the organization, represent the many faces of America. Toyota was one of the first auto companies to provide truly comprehensive domestic partnership benefits starting in January 2002 and has since been recognized by several organizations for its diversity and inclusion efforts. For example, Toyota has scored 100% for the past five years on the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Corporate Equality Index and is rated as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Toyota believes an auto company can also be a vehicle for change.
“Toyota is incredibly proud of the partnership we have built with The Trevor Project and we take particular pride in our support of the Trevor Youth Advisory Committee,” said Mike Groff, President and CEO of Toyota Financial Services. “Our commitment to supporting the LGBT community is part of Toyota’s core belief in the value of promoting diversity in every area of our business. We are incredibly honored to be recognized by The Trevor Project and to be part of such a meaningful evening.” Groff will be accepting the 20/20 Visionary Award for Toyota at the event.
TrevorLIVE LA presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo is a signature semi-annual event of The Trevor Project, bringing together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving, life-affirming work for LGBTQ youth in crisis. This high-profile event has honored note-worthy supporters including Cindy McCain, Katy Perry, Susan Sarandon, Lady Gaga, Daniel Radcliffe, Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris, Vanessa Williams, Dustin Lance Black, Alan Cumming and more for their support of LGBTQ youth.
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