Marriage Equality Champion Edie Windsor to be Honored with our Icon Award at TrevorLIVE!

NEW YORK – Former technology manager at IBM, and marriage equality champion Edie Windsor will be honored with The Trevor Project’s Icon Award at the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala on June 19. The Trevor Project is the nation’s only nonprofit crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on ending suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.

“Edie has proven herself to be a true pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ rights for decades,” said The Trevor Project’s Interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn. “She has fought relentlessly for marriage equality, and remains a trailblazer and inspiration to the LGBTQ community across the world. We’re honored and delighted to present The Trevor Project’s Icon Award to Ms. Windsor for exemplifying leadership with strength, poise, courage and fearlessness.”

The award will be officially bestowed upon Windsor during the organization’s annual New York signature fundraiser, TrevorLIVE, held at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square.

“Being honored by The Trevor Project is a very big deal for me,” said Windsor. “I’m thrilled and humbled to be recognized by an organization that does so much for our LGBTQ young people. The fact that The Trevor Project continues year after year to be there 24/7 helping prevent suicide and averting crisis gives us all a future we can believe in.”

The event will also feature performances by Shoshana Bean, Dana Goldberg, Jeremy Jordan, and a special extended performance by Grammy Award-winning rock band, Imagine Dragons. The event will feature a first-peek performance from the upcoming musical, Trevor. It was previously announced that lead singer of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds, will be honored with the Trevor Project Hero Award, one of the nonprofit’s top accolades. More attendees to be announced soon.

Edie Windsor’s scope of work has touched many causes and foundations, including East End Gay Organizations, the LGBT Community Center, and Team New York at the Gay Games in NYC in 1994. She was also one of the first Marriage Ambassadors for the Empire State Pride Agenda. The Edie Windsor Fund for Old Lesbians, which provides meaningful grants to projects by and for lesbian older adults, was gifted to Windsor on her 70th birthday and is maintained and administered by Open Meadows Foundation.

The case of United States v Windsor is arguably the most influential legal precedent in the struggle for LGBT marriage equality. In its landmark 2013 ruling in Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which by its terms had excluded gay couples from all the benefits and protections of marriage under federal law. At the heart of Windsor is the principle that gay people have dignity, and that the Constitution mandates that this dignity be respected equally under the law. Since Windsor, more than forty federal district court opinions and four circuit courts have held that the U.S. Constitution requires that gay people be allowed to marry.

TrevorLIVE presenting sponsors are Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs.

Fans and advocates will be able to experience the TrevorLIVE red carpet arrivals and show via Facebook livestream on the Trevor Project’s Facebook page. For more information on TrevorLIVE New York, please visit: http://ny.trevorlive.org/.

To apply for media credentials, please click here.

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About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ+ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential crisis services, educational materials, online resources, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.
TrevorLIVE is the signature annual fundraising event of The Trevor Project.  This annual event brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving initiatives, including its free and confidential crisis services, suicide prevention workshops, community outreach, advocacy efforts and educational resources. Learn more about TrevorLIVE at http://ny.trevorlive.org/.

Press Contacts
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Sunshine Sachs
323-822-9300 / 212-691-2800
[email protected]


Trevor Joins 436 Organizations in Opposition of the American Health Care Act

View the letter below and here.

May 30, 2017

The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, United States Senate

The Honorable Charles Schumer, Minority Leader, United States Senate

Dear Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer,
The undersigned organizations are writing to share our views on critical provisions we believe must be included in any legislation modifying the nation’s health care system. We also want to share serious concerns with several of the reforms included in the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA).

We collectively represent consumers, families, providers, health care and social service professionals, criminal justice professionals, advocates and allied organizations who are committed to meaningful and comprehensive policies to reduce the toll of substance use disorders and mental illness through prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

We recognize that the current law can be improved and that there are problems that need to be fixed. However, we do not support changes to the health care system that would result in reduced access to substance use disorder and mental health treatment, including changes that would cap federal funding for Medicaid, end the Medicaid expansion, and eliminate benefit protections for Americans insured through the small group and individual markets. In the face of the opioid overdose and suicide epidemics, equitable access to a full continuum of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, including medications to treat substance use disorders and mental illness, must be an essential component of health care coverage. It is also critical that substance use disorders and mental illness be covered on par with other medical conditions consistent with the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).

As the Senate takes up health reform legislation, we ask that the Senate bill:

  • Maintain benefit protections for mental health and substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services through the exchanges and individual/small group markets, and maintain requirements that those benefits be offered at parity with medical benefits
  • Maintain Medicaid’s current financing structure, including the Medicaid expansion

More than 20 million Americans currently have health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including millions of Americans with substance use disorders and mental illness. This coverage is a critical lifeline for these individuals, many of whom were unable to access effective treatment before the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults, and its requirement that Medicaid expansion plans and plans sold in the individual and small group markets cover substance use disorder and mental health treatment services at parity with medical and surgical services.

The Medicaid expansion in particular has led to significant increases in coverage and treatment access for persons with substance use disorders and mental illness. In states that expanded Medicaid, the share of people with substance use disorders or mental illness who were hospitalized but uninsured fell from about 20 percent in 2013 to 5 percent by mid-2015, and Medicaid expansion has been associated with an 18.3 percent reduction in the unmet need for substance use disorder treatment services among low-income adults. Rolling back the Medicaid expansion and/or fundamentally changing Medicaid’s financing structure to cap spending on health care services will certainly reduce access to evidence-based treatments and reverse much or all progress made on the opioid crisis last year. Moreover, the loss of Medicaid-covered mental health and
substance use disorder services for adults would result in more family disruption and out-of-home placements for children, significant trauma which has its own long-term health effects and a further burden on a child welfare system that is struggling to meet the current demand for foster home capacity.

Medicaid funding for mental health and substance use disorder treatment services for low-income populations must be predictable, sustainable, and integrated with financing mechanisms for general medical care to ensure consistent access to treatment and support the long-term development and retention of a substance use disorder and mental health clinician workforce. Capping federal Medicaid funding through per-capita caps or block grants would strain state budgets and likely force states to cut benefits, lower provider reimbursement rates, and/or limit access to care. These changes would be devastating to states grappling with the current opioid overdose and suicide epidemics.

The ACA’s Medicaid expansion, Essential Health Benefit requirements for mental health and substance use disorder treatment coverage, and extension of parity protections to the individual and small group market have surely reduced the burden of the opioid misuse and overdose and suicide epidemics and saved lives. As you consider this legislation, we ask that you ensure substance use disorder and mental health treatment benefits continue to be available to Americans enrolled in the individual, small and large group markets as well as Medicaid plans and that these benefits are compliant with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Finally, throughout this process, we implore you to keep in mind how your decisions will affect the millions of Americans suffering from substance use disorders and mental illness who may lose their health care coverage entirely or see reductions in benefits that impede access to needed treatment.

Sincerely,

1. Acadia Healthcare
2. Adcare Educational Institute
3. Addiction Education Society
4. Addiction Haven
5. Addiction Resource Council
6. Addiction Services Council
7. Addiction Policy Forum
8. Addiction Treatment Center of New England
9. Addictions Connections Resource
10. Advocates for Recovery Colorado
11. Advocates, Inc.
12. Alabama Society of Addiction Medicine
13. Alano Club of Portland
14. Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center
15. Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina
16. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.
17. Amesbury Psychological Center, Inc.
18. American Correctional Association
19. American Federation of State, County and Municipal, Employees (AFSCME)
20. American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
21. American Academy of Pediatrics
22. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
23. American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)
24. American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
25. American Association on Health and Disability
26. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
27. American Dance Therapy Association
28. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
29. American Group Psychotherapy Association
30. American Medical Student Association
31. American Mental Health Counselors Association
32. American Nurses Association
33. American Public Health Association
34. American Psychiatric Association
35. American Psychological Association
36. American Society of Addiction Medicine
37. A New PATH
38. Anxiety and Depression Association of America
39. Arc of South Norfolk, The
40. Arise & Flourish
41. Arizona’s Children Association
42. Arizona Council of Human Service Providers
43. Arizona Society of Addiction Medicine
44. Arkansas Society of Addiction Medicine
45. Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare
46. Association for Behavioral Healthcare of Massachusetts
47. Association for Community Affiliated Plans
48. Association for Community Human Service Agencies
49. Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
50. Association of Flight Attendants – CWA, AFL-CIO
51. Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA)
52. Association of Recovery Schools
53. Association of Recovery Community Organizations
54. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
55. A Stepping Stone to Success
56. Atlantic Prevention Resources, Inc.
57. Avanti Wellness
58. BAMSI
59. Bangor Area Recovery Network, Inc.
60. Bay Cove Human Services
61. Bay State Community Services, Inc.
62. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
63. Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
64. Better Life in Recovery
65. Bill Wilson Center
66. Boston Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs, Inc.
67. Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
68. Boston Public Health Commission
69. BreakingTheCycles
70. Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc., The
71. Bridgewell
72. Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, The
73. Brookline Community Mental Health Center
74. Bullhook Community Health Center, Inc.
75. Burke Recovery
76. California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals
77. California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
78. California Society of Addiction Medicine
79. Cambridge Health Alliance
80. Camelot Care Centers, Inc.
81. Cape Cod Healthcare Centers for Behavioral Health
82. Capital Area Project Vox
83. Casa Esperanza
84. Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
85. Catholic Charities Family Counseling and Guidance Center
86. Catholic Family Center
87. Center for Human Development
88. Center for Open Recovery
89. Center for Recovery and Wellness Resources
90. Central City Concern
91. Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council
92. Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition (CRCC)
93. Child & Family Services, Inc.
94. Child and Family Services of New Hampshire
95. Children’s Friend, Inc.
96. Children’s Home Society of Washington
97. Children’s Law Center
98. Children’s Services of Roxbury
99. CleanSlate Centers
100. Clergy for a New Drug Policy
101. Clinical and Support Options, Inc.
102. Clinical Social Work Association
103. Coalition of Addiction Students and Professionals Pursuing Advocacy (CASPPA)
104. Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine
105. Community Catalyst
106. Communities for Recovery
107. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
108. Community Counseling of Bristol County, Inc.
109. Community-Minded Enterprises
110. Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS)
111. Community Services Institute
112. Community Solutions
113. Community Substance Abuse Centers
114. Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
115. Connecticut Society of Addiction Medicine
116. Counselors Obediently Preventing Substance Abuse (COPS)
117. Cutchins Programs for Children and Families
118. DarJune Recovery Support Services & Café
119. Dash for Recovery
120. Davis Direction Foundation – The Zone
121. DC Fights Back
122. DC Recovery Community Alliance
123. Delphi Behavioral Health Group/MHD
124. Desert Eagle Addiction Recovery
125. Detroit Recovery Project, Inc.
126. Dimock Community Health Center
127. Disability Rights Pennsylvania
128. Doctors for Recovery
129. Dorchester Recovery Initiative
130. Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania (DASPOP)
131. Drug Policy Alliance
132. Drug Prevention Resources
133. East Bay Agency for Children
134. Easy Does It, Inc.
135. Eating Disorders Coalition
136. Edinburg Center, The
137. Eliot Community Human Services
138. El Paso Alliance
139. Engaged Recovery Community Services
140. Faces and Voices of Recovery
141. Facing Addiction
142. Family Focused Treatment Association
143. Family Service Association
144. Family Service of Greater Boston
145. FAVOR Greenville
146. FAVOR Low Country
147. FAVOR Mississippi Recovery Advocacy Project
148. FAVOR Pee Dee
149. FAVOR Tri-County
150. FED UP! Coalition
151. Fellowship Foundation Recovery Community Organization
152. Fenway Health
153. FHR
154. Florida Society of Addiction Medicine
155. Floridians for Recovery
156. Foundation for Recovery
157. Friends of Recovery – New York
158. FSA – Family Service Agency
159. Futures of Palm Beach
160. G III Associates
161. GAAMHA
162. Gandara Center
163. Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
164. Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine
165. Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice
166. Gosnold on Cape Cod
167. Granite Pathways
168. Greater Macomb Project Vox
169. Greater Philadelphia Association for Recovery Education
170. Great South Bay Coalition
171. Greater Cincinnati Recovery Resource Collaborative (GCRRC)
172. Griffin Recovery Enterprises
173. Harm Reduction Coalition
174. High Point Treatment Center
175. Hillview Mental Health Center, Inc.
176. HIV Medicine Association
177. Home for Little Wanderers, The
178. HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery
179. Hope House Addiction Services
180. Horizon Health Services
181. IC&RC
182. Illinois Association for Behavioral Health
183. Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF)
184. Indiana Society of Addiction Medicine
185. International Nurses Society on Addictions
186. Institute for Health and Recovery
187. Iowa Association of Community Providers
188. Iowa Behavioral Health Association
189. Italian Home for Children, Inc.
190. Jackson Area Recovery Community
191. Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JF&CS)
192. Joint Coalition on Health
193. Jordan’s Hope for Recovery
194. Judge Baker Children’s Center
195. Juneau Recovery Community
196. Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
197. Kentucky Society of Addiction Medicine
198. KEY Program, Inc., The
199. Kyes 2 a 2nd Chance
200. Lahey Health Behavioral Services
201. Lakeshore Foundation
202. Latah Recovery Center
203. Legal Action Center
204. Lifehouse Recovery Connection
205. Lifeline Connections
206. Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
207. Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA)
208. Lost Dreams Awaken Center, Inc.
209. Lotus Peer Recovery/SoberKerrville
210. Lowell Community Health Center, Inc.
211. Lowell House, Inc.
212. LUK, Inc.
213. Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse
214. Magnolia Addiction Support
215. Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery
216. Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shor Community Foundation
217. Mark Garwood SHARE Foundation
218. Martha’s Vineyard Community Services
219. Maryland-DC Society of Addiction Medicine
220. Maryland House Detox
221. Maryland Recovery Organization Connecting Communities (M-ROCC)
222. Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
223. Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine
224. McShin Foundation
225. Mental Health Association
226. Message Carriers of Pennsylvania, Inc.
227. Messengers of Recovery Awareness
228. MHA of Greater Lowell
229. Michigan’s Children
230. Michigan Recovery Voices
231. Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine
232. Middlesex Human Service Agency, Inc
233. Mid-Michigan Recovery Services, Inc.
234. Midwest Society of Addiction Medicine
235. Mi-HOPE – Michigan Heroin & Opiate Prevention and Education
236. Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP)
237. Minnesota Recovery Connection
238. Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine
239. Missouri Recovery Network
240. MOBER
241. Mountain View Prevention Services, Inc.
242. NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals
243. National Alliance for Medication-Assisted Recovery (NAMA)
244. National Alliance on Mental Illness
245. National Alliance on Mental Illness – San Mateo County
246. National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
247. National Alliance to End Homelessness
248. National Association for Rural Mental Health
249. National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
250. National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
251. National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
252. National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
253. National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health
254. National Association for Rural Mental Health
255. National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
256. National Association of County & City Health Officials
257. National Association of Drug Court Professionals
258. National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
259. National Council for Behavioral Health
260. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
261. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
262. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of E. San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys
263. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence–Greater Phoenix
264. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Maryland
265. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – San Diego
266. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the San Fernando Valley
267. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis Area
268. National Disability Rights Network
269. National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
270. National Health Care for the Homeless Council
271. National League for Nursing
272. National Safety Council
273. Navigate Recovery Gwinnett
274. Nevada Society of Addiction Medicine
275. New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc.
276. New Jersey Society of Addiction Medicine
277. New Life Counseling & Wellness Center, Inc.
278. New Mexico Society of Addiction Medicine
279. New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
280. New York Society of Addiction Medicine
281. New York State Council for Behavioral Health
282. NFI Massachusetts, Inc.
283. NMSAS Recovery Center
284. No Health without Mental Health
285. North Charles, Inc.
286. North Cottage Program, Inc.
287. Northeast Center for Youth and Families, The
288. Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine
289. Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA)
290. Northwest Indian Treatment Center
291. North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Inc.
292. Northern Rivers Family Services
293. North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine (NCSAM)
294. O’Brien House
295. Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine (OHSAM)
296. Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery & Treatment Association (OCARTA)
297. Old Colony YMCA
298. Open Doorway of Cape Cod
299. Oregon Recovery High School
300. Oregon Society of Addiction Medicine
301. Overcoming Addiction Radio
302. Parity Implementation Coalition
303. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
304. Partners in Prevention/National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Hudson County, Inc.
305. P.E.E.R Wellness Center, Inc.
306. PEER360 Recovery Alliance
307. Pennsylvania Recovery Organization – Achieving Community Together – (PRO-ACT)
308. Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A)
309. Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine
310. People Advocating Recovery – PAR
311. Phoenix Houses of New England
312. Phoenix Multisport Boston
313. Pine Street Inn
314. Pivot, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, Inc.
315. PLR Athens
316. Pretrial Justice Institute
317. Prevention Network OCAA
318. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
319. Putnam Family & Community Services, Inc.
320. RASE Project
321. REAL- Michigan (Recovery, Education, Advocacy & Leadership)
322. Recover Project/Western MA Training
323. Recovery Allies Of West Michigan
324. RecoveryATX
325. Recovery Café Seattle
326. Recovery Community Foundation of Forsyth
327. Recovery Communities of North Carolina
328. Recovery Community Of Durham
329. Recovery Consultants of Atlanta
330. Recovery Data Solutions
331. Recovery – Friendly Taos County
332. Recovery Idaho, Inc.
333. Recovery is Happening
334. RecoveryNC (Governors Institute on Substance Abuse)
335. Recovery Point at HER Place
336. Recovery Point of Bluefield
337. Recovery Point of Charleston
338. Recovery Point of Huntington
339. Recovery Point of Parkersburg
340. Recovery Point of West Virginia
341. Recover Wyoming
342. reGROUP
343. Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICAREs)
344. Riverside Community Care
345. Robby’s Voice
346. ROCovery Fitness
347. Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, Inc.
348. Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center
349. Sandy Hook Promise
350. Serenity Sistas
351. ServiceNet
352. Shatterproof
353. SMART Recovery
354. Solano Recovery Project
355. Solutions Recovery, Inc.
356. Sonoran Prevention Works
357. South Arkansas Regional Health Center, Inc
358. Sound Community Services, Inc.
359. South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC)
360. South Bay Community Services
361. South Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine
362. South Central Human Relations Center
363. South End Community Health Center
364. South Shore Mental Health
365. Southwest Washington Recovery Coalition
366. Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
367. SpiritWorks Foundation
368. Springfield Recovery Community Center
369. Springs Recovery Connection
370. SSTAR
371. STEP Industries
372. Steppingstone, Incorporated
373. Student Assistance Services Corp
374. Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island
375. Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc.
376. Tennessee Society of Addiction Medicine
377. Texas Society of Addiction Medicine
378. The Addict’s Parents United (TAP United)
379. The Alliance
380. The Bridge Foundation
381. The Bridge Way School
382. The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice
383. The Chris Atwood Foundation
384. The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
385. The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans
386. The DOOR – DeKalb Open Opportunity for Recovery
387. The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice
388. The Kennedy Forum
389. The Ohana Center
390. The Recovery Channel
391. The Rest of Your Life
392. The Trevor Project
393. The Village Family Services
394. The Village Project, Inc.
395. Tia Hart Recovery Community Program
396. T.O.R.C.H Inc.
397. Toward Independent Living and Learning, TILL, Inc.
398. Treatment Communities of America
399. Trilogy Recovery Community
400. Two Guys and a Girl
401. UMass Memorial Community Healthlink, Inc.
402. United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
403. Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)
404. Valley Hope
405. Veterans Inc.
406. Vermont Council of Developmental and Mental Health Services
407. Vermont Recovery Network
408. Victory Programs, Inc.
409. Vinfen
410. Virginia Association of Recovery Residences
411. Voice for Adoption
412. Voices of Hope for Cecil County
413. Voices of Recovery San Mateo County
414. Volunteers of America of Massachusetts, Inc.
415. WAI-IAM, Inc. and RISE Recovery Community
416. Walker, Inc.
417. Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP)
418. Washington Federation of State Employees
419. Washington Recovery Alliance
420. Washington Society of Addiction Medicine
421. Watershed Treatment Programs
422. Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
423. WEConnect
424. Wellspring Recovery Services
425. West Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine
426. WholeLife Recovery Community/ Arizona Recovery Coalition
427. Wisconsin Recovery Community Organization (WIRCO)
428. Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine
429. Wisconsin Voices for Recovery
430. Wyoming County CARES
431. Yoga of Recovery
432. Young Invincibles
433. Young People in Recovery
434. Young People in Recovery – Los Angeles
435. Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.
436. Youth Villages


Imagine Dragons Will Perform at TrevorLIVE New York!

NEW YORK (May 10, 2017) – Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons and Broadway star Shoshana Bean are set to perform at the TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala June 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, The Trevor Project announced today. Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds will be honored with the Hero Award, one of the non-profit’s top accolades. The semi-annual fundraiser recognizes The Trevor Project’s impact in suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth and raises awareness about their lifesaving resources.

“With President Trump signing the religious liberty executive order last week, and anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered at the state level across the country, we need to reassure LGBTQ youth that they are not alone,” said Steve Mendelsohn, The Trevor Project Interim Executive Director. “There’s an army of allies standing with you, and they include Imagine Dragons band members and Shoshana Bean. We are grateful for advocates like them who are using their platform to counter and spread love.”

Reynolds will be presented with the night’s top honor, the Trevor Hero award, for his advocacy and longtime support of The Trevor Project’s mission.

“To me, equality means equal rights for all and showing love and support for every human being regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, politics, or any other intersecting identities,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to me that I raise my three girls to see no difference in anyone and to only love. Both personally and professionally, I live my life in a way that will hopefully show my daughters that their dad will fight tirelessly until we all truly have equal rights. The Trevor Project award means far more to me than any accolade or accomplishment in my music or life. I want LGBTQ youth to know that they are whole and beautiful. I stand by their side and will do all in my power to be an ally, advocate and friend. Love is love.”

Formed in 2009 and featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman, Imagine Dragons earned a grassroots following by independently releasing a series of EPs.

The band made its major-label debut with the release of “Continued Silence,” a 2012 EP featuring the two-time platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time.” “Night Visions” arrived later that year and Imagine Dragons found themselves on a skyward trajectory that saw the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and became the No. 1 album on Spotify Worldwide for 2013. The album’s second single, the nine-time platinum “Radioactive,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and earned the band a 2014 Grammy for Best Rock Performance. Imagine Dragons’ platinum-selling second album, “Smoke + Mirrors,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has sold 1.1 million copies worldwide. The band’s third album, “Evolve,” is due June 23.

Shoshana Bean is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of “Hairspray” and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba, the green-skinned witch in “Wicked.” Most recently she appeared as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” and in the pre-Broadway production of the new musical “Beaches” as CeeCee Bloom, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical.

TrevorLIVE New York will include a performance from the Tony-nominated musical, “Dear Evan Hansen”; standup from comedian Dana Goldberg; and an original musical number, “I Wish I Were Gay.” There will also be an exclusive first look at the new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film which launched The Trevor Project — “TREVOR the musical.”

The fundraiser and gala will be presented by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Deloitte.

“Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is proud to support the Trevor Project and its keynote event, TrevorLIVE,” said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. “We have supported The Trevor Project and its galas since 2014 and we are committed to bringing further awareness to its important mission. As a company, we work to ensure that all of our customers and associates feel included, respected, empowered, and safe, and we are honored to partner with organizations that share this same commitment.”

Tim Davis will serve as director of TrevorLIVE New York. From six seasons on Fox’s hit series “Glee,” to the latest release from Tyler the Creator, Davis’ collaborations as studio singer, producer, director, and vocal arranger span the breadth of the entertainment industry. Davis’ producing and direction credits include Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 2017 halftime show, The People’s Choice Awards, Josh Groban’s “Stages,” Barbra Streisand’s 2016 tour, Childish Gambino’s latest release, “Office Christmas Party 2,” “The Americans” on FX, “The Goldbergs” on ABC, and more.
Fans and advocates will be able to join the gala via Facebook where The Trevor Project will livestream the red carpet arrivals and show. For more information on TrevorLIVE New York, please visit: http://ny.trevorlive.org/.

To apply for media credentials, please click here.

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About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ+ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential crisis services, educational materials, online resources, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

TrevorLIVE at the Marriott Marquis Times Square is the signature annual event of The Trevor Project.  This June event brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving initiatives, including its free and confidential crisis services, suicide prevention workshops, community outreach, advocacy efforts and educational resources. Learn more about TrevorLIVE at http://ny.trevorlive.org/.

Press Contacts
Michael Samonte / Chad Davis / Ulisses Rivera
Sunshine Sachs
323-822-9300 / 212-691-2800


Trevor Responds to Presidential Executive Order Promoting Religious Liberty

Today, on the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.”  Sessions is known for his strong anti-LGBT equality policies.  Many people were previously aware that Trump was likely to sign an executive order dealing with so-called “religious liberty,” which we know is nothing but a license to discriminate, particularly against the LGBTQ+ community.

In his remarks, Trump said, “With this Executive Order we make clear that the federal government will never ever penalize any person for their protected religious beliefs… that’s why I am directing the Department of Justice to develop new rules to ensure these religious protections are afforded to all Americans… that is why I am signing an Executive Order to defend the freedom of religion and speech in America.”

Trump’s signed order did not provide any new religious freedom protections that would specifically allow individuals to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals, but it did, however, direct the Department of Justice to develop rules to ensure that people aren’t punished for exercising their freedom of religion.  “In reality this means that although Trump didn’t issue a broad “religious freedom” order aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, he essentially directed the Department of Justice to do so through regulations,” said Trevor Project Director of Government Affairs Amy Loudermilk.  “In sum, the fight is far from over and the rhetoric about what to expect down the line is very concerning. We will continue to monitor and respond as necessary.”

The Trevor Project is committed to continuing to work with our LGBTQ and allied organizational colleagues across the country, and we will stand strong against any future negative actions against our community.

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.  The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our Trevor Lifeline crisis counselors are available 24/7/365 at 866.488.7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org


Trevor Honors Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, the First Out Transgender White House Staffer

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2017) – The Trevor Project’s annual Washington D.C. fundraising gala, A Night Out For Trevor: Washington D.C., will take place on Friday, May 19 at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco.  The event draws hundreds of influential and prominent individuals from DC and surrounding areas and is an impactful evening of entertainment and awareness building of the Trevor Project mission to save young LGBTQ+ lives.

“Raffi is a champion for having put forth endless efforts to raise awareness of issues facing our community, including The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth,” said The Trevor Project Interim Executive Director, Steve Mendelsohn. “With unabated fighters like Raffi in our corner, we are pushed forward and closer to our goal. We’re honored and beholden to Raffi for carrying out our mission and very proudly honor Raffi with our Outstanding Public Service Award.”

“I’m very touched, very humbled by this award, said Freedman-Gurspan. “I am also happy to lend my public support for an organization that, I think, now more than ever is exceedingly critical to keep around and have.”

“Raffi’s whole career has been about lifting up transgender folks,” says Amy Loudermilk, the Trevor Project’s Director of Government Affairs. “Particularly transgender people of color who often struggle with suicidal ideation. Raffi was really well-versed in suicide, she really understood the issues. She did a lot for our cause, which tends to go a little unnoticed in the community. She worked hard with HHS and SAMHSA to make sure they heard from the community about their mental health needs, challenges, and access to care. And she did that around the country, which was really amazing. It had never been done before, and has really helped us.”
Previous speakers, honorees, and performers have included DC Councilmember David Grosso, Aaron Gilchrist, Kyle Dean Massey and many more. The purpose of the event is to raise funds & increase awareness; entertain and inspire; create new long-lasting supporters and partnerships; steward current donors and cultivate new donors into the organization.

The award will be officially bestowed upon Freedman-Gurspan, a longtime advocate of LGBTQ rights, at the organization’s annual D.C. fundraiser held at The Trevor Project’s Night Out DC fundraising gala at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Kimpton is a Premiere National Sponsor of The Trevor Project.

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The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. 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. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

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