You may remember the viral video of Anna Kendrick performing with Kristen Chenoweth at TrevorLIVE. It was a defining moment that brought her back to her passion of singing after she hadn’t performed live in ten years. We’d like to think it propelled her into the “Pitch Perfect” movie series. Most importantly, it connected her to our organization and a community of LGBTQ youth who today look up to her through all her social media channels. Anna Kendrick’s passion for our organization is what led her to recognize our work at Variety’s Power of Women event, honoring women who are using their celebrity and privilege to make changes for underrepresented communities across the world.
With LGBTQ rights still being an issue in our country despite the progress that’s been made in the government and media’s portrayal of LGBTQ characters, it’s important that role models like Anna Kendrick align themselves with our work. “I just think that what (The Trevor Project does) is necessary,” she says. “I remember a couple of years ago I had a friend say, ‘I am glad gay rights are important to you.’ It was the first time that I considered that people think it’s unique or brave” to champion gay rights. “It just seems to me that it’s just basic human rights.”
In her beautiful speech about The Trevor Project, Anna Kendrick talks about the need for our services, now more than ever.
“Recently, the The New York Times said young people are identifying and exploring formerly unknown and unlabeled frontiers of sexuality and gender and it’s beautiful and it’s fun and it’s exciting and it gives me hope that this generation is onto something that’s so liberated and healthy that it will make us all look back on our youth and make us all wonder why we couldn’t have figured it out.” She continues, “As adults, we’ve made our decisions about what’s right and what’s moral, and when we hear politicians spouting messages of homophobia, we have the strength of our conviction to rely on, but as a teen trying to navigate the world, who hasn’t found a system of support, those reactionary voices are loud, and ugly, and capable of making a young person see the way they were born as an insurmountable obstacle, and Trevor is there. The Trevor Project educates and advocates for LGBTQ youth in schools and the political arena, but first and foremost, they are committed to providing crisis counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, through phone, chat, and text. And in spite of the progress of our nation in recent years, the numbers of teens reaching out has only grown, because hate is still real, and families who disown their children for coming out is still real, and conversion therapy and its devastating effects are still real, and at 13, 14, and 15, knowing that maybe one day you can get a job and you can get married are not your priorities and if your home life and your day-to-day make you feel trapped and alone, you need access to spaces that are safe and accepting to feel hope, and Trevor is there and committed to growing and making themselves more and more accessible to teens.”
Anna Kendrick was awarded alongside Salma Hayek for her work with Chime for Change, Oprah Winfrey for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, Gwyneth Paltrow for her work with LA Kitchen, and Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki for her work with Room to Read. We thank Variety for making it possible to raise awareness about our life-saving resources among a crowd of philanthropists and changemakers. More visibility means more LGBTQ youth know about our services, and it encourages supporters to make our work possible.