The Trevor Project Hosts Star-studded TrevorLIVE New York Gala

Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rita Ora, Lena Waithe, Greg Berlanti and More Show Their Support

NEW YORK CITY–Monday night, The Trevor Project hosted its 2018 TrevorLIVE New York gala at Cipriani Wall Street, where it honored Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, producer, and actor Lena Waithe; Writers Guild of America Award, Directors Guild of America Award, and Golden Globe Award-nominated writer, director, and producer Greg Berlanti; and Managing Partner of global consulting firm McKinsey & Company Dominic Barton. U.S. Olympic medalists Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy hosted the event which helped raise more than $2 million and included performances by international singer-songwriter Rita Ora and the cast of VICELAND’s “MY HOUSE” (Tati 007, Alex Mugler, Jelani Mizrahi, Lolita Balenciaga, Relish Milan, Precious Ebony).

The Trevor Project is the nation’s largest nonprofit crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization focused on ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. TrevorLIVE NY is the organization’s annual star-studded signature fundraiser. Awarded at the gala, the Trevor Hero Award recognizes an individual who serves as an inspiration to LGBTQ youth or increases visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. The Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award recognizes a corporation/organization that has supported the LGBTQ community or increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.

Additional guests of TrevorLIVE NY included Melissa Benoist (actress, Supergirl), Raymond Braun (activist/media personality), Carmen Carrera (model), Tyler Glenn (musician/actor, Kinky Boots), April Hunt (DJ), Jenn Hyman (CEO & co-founder, Rent the Runway), Natasha Lyonne (actress, Orange is the New Black),  Corey Johnson (NYC City Council Speaker), Chella Man (activist/content creator), Mary V (photographer/performance artist), Lauren Morelli (writer/producer, Orange is the New Black), Barrett Pall (model), Phillip Picardi (Chief Content Officer, them. and Teen Vogue), Robbie Rogers (retired professional soccer player), MJ Rodriguez (actress, POSE), D’Andra Simmons (The Real Housewives of Dallas), Justin Simien (producer, Dear White People),Christian Siriano (fashion designer), Shepard Smith (Fox News Anchor), Ryan Jamaal Swain (actor, POSE), Michael Tammero (host, In the Foxlight), Samira Wiley (actress, The Handmaid’s Tale), Jason Wu (fashion designer).

Highlights from the event included:

  • The cast of VICELAND’s “MY HOUSE,” a docuseries which gives viewers a look into the world of New York’s queer vogue ballroom scene, kicked off the evening with an electrifying dance routine by five voguers accompanied by commentator Precious Ebony.
  • Co-hosts of the evening Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy welcomed the crowd applauding The Trevor Project’s 20th anniversary. “That’s 20 years of supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis,” said Kenworthy. “20 years of saving young LGBTQ lives. 20 years of creating community, connection, support and policies that help LGBTQ youth.” Rippon added, “I spent a lot of my childhood not liking who I was. But I like to think if I had someone like me or Gus to look up to, I wouldn’t have felt so alone.”
  • The Trevor Project’s CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley took to the stage with a message to young LGBTQ people across the country. “There may be people who don’t accept you for who you are, but there are other people who will not only accept you, but celebrate you.” Referring to The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States initiative which aims to ban conversion therapy across the country, Paley said, “This dangerous and discredited practice is still legal today in 37 states and we will not rest until this form of torture is stopped everywhere … You are beautiful just the way you are and you are not alone.”
  • McKinsey & Company’s Global Managing Partner Dominic Barton accepted the organization’s 20/20 Visionary Award celebrating him for being socially responsible and running a business that has policies and procedures in place that support diversity and inclusion. “It’s really important during times like this. What we’re seeing today is abnormal and it’s important for us to fight,” said Barton. “I think it’s our responsibility that we speak up and support with our voice and money. We’ll have an open-minded leader again. When the bright times come back, and they will, we will accelerate and get to where we want to be.”
  • Justin Simien presented the Trevor Hero Award to Lena Waithe, sharing a personal story. “I remember a conversation I had with Lena where she vowed that should she become a figure in this business, little queer boys and little queer girls would have someone to look up to. Lena, mission accomplished.”
  • Lena Waithe accepted the honor stressing to the crowd the need for more love and acceptance. “I’m really moved by the stories I’m hearing and the faces I’m seeing and all the love. But don’t treat each other like this just in this room. We need to take it out into the world.” She continued, “It’s our job to make sure all queer people are human. They weren’t born to be perfect. They were born to be whole.”
  • “Supergirl’s” Melissa Benoist made her appearance at TrevorLIVE NY to present Greg Berlanti with the Trevor Hero Award. “While I pretend to be a superhero on TV, Greg is the real deal,” said Benoist. After listing an impressive queer firsts by Berlanti, including the first romantic kiss between two gay characters on “Dawson’s Creek,” first recurring transgender character on primetime, and first gay superhero to headline on “The Ray,” Benoist said, “the work you have done has healed so many hearts.”
  • “I never felt like a hero myself. We always talk about the superpowers they have,” said Greg Berlanti as he named off super power after super power including the ability to fly, invisibility, x-ray vision, and so on. “But there’s only one power all our heroes have in common. It’s a power accessible to everyone: compassion.” Berlanti, whose most recent project was coming-of-age title “Love, Simon,” shared with the room that his mother went into the hospital on the last day of filming. She would sadly pass ten days later and was never able to see the finished film.
  • Rita Ora closed out the show in style with a special acoustic performance combining her songs “Anywhere” and “I Will Never Let You Down” before bringing back out on stage the cast of VICELAND’s “MY HOUSE” for a performance of her hit single “Girls.” Ora also took the time to share with the room how special it was for her to perform at TrevorLIVE NY. “I really love the LGBTQ community, the most compassionate group of people in the world,” said Ora. “You’re all very near and dear to my heart, and the stories I heard tonight, I’m never going to forget.”

 

Proud presenting sponsors of this year’s TrevorLIVE NY included AT&T, Goldman Sachs Gives, and 21st Century Fox. In addition, Kimpton Hotels served as the official hotel sponsor, United Airlines as the official airline sponsor, and Three Olives as the official liquor supporter.

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About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, 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 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org

Press Contacts

Michael Samonte | Damiano DeMonte | Ulisses Rivera | Liz Heyman
Sunshine Sachs
212-691-2800
[email protected]

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646-576-7044
[email protected]


Rita Ora and VICELAND’S ‘My House’ Cast to Perform at the Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE New York Gala on June 11

Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy Set to Host; Lena Waithe, Greg Berlanti, and McKinsey & Company’s Dominic Barton to be Honored

NEW YORK CITYSinger-songwriter Rita Ora and the cast of VICELAND’s MY HOUSE are set to perform at The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE New York gala on June 11 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The organization, which provides a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs particularly for LGBTQ youth, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Ora is an international pop singer with multiple #1 singles, and 12 singles in the top 10. Her debut album premiered at #1 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Recently she hit a major milestone, tying the record for the most Top 10 Singles for a solo female in the UK. Her debut U.S. album is due out this year, with 3 of its singles already platinum and in the UK Top 5. She released her latest single “Girls” in May of this year, with Rolling Stone declaring “Rita Ora stakes her claim for song of the summer with ‘Girls,’ a catchy squad anthem.” Rita, who is signed to Atlantic Records, recently wrapped up her sold-out headline tour and is set to take the stage at various music festivals this summer. Her film credits include her role in the upcoming Detective Pikachu, the globally successful Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, of which the final installment was released by Universal Pictures earlier this year, Fast and Furious, Southpaw, and Wonderwall.

“I am honored to be performing at this year’s TrevorLIVE Gala. The Trevor Project’s mission is very close to my heart,” said Ora. “It is vital that LBGTQ+ youth have the resources and support that The Trevor Project provides. I am thrilled to perform and be a part of such a great night supporting such wonderful work!”

TrevorLIVE New York will kick off with a special performance by the eclectic voguing cast of VICELAND’s MY HOUSE. The show is an insider’s guide to New York City’s hyper-competitive underground queer ballroom scene. It follows the lives of six inimitable and fierce voguers — Tati 007, Alex Mugler, Jelani Mizrahi, Lolita Balenciaga and Relish Milan — while the ultimate expert, Precious Ebony, a bold and brazen commentator on the scene, lays out the rules, the rivalries, and all the drama in between.

“I can say that we all came to the ballroom community to find a place where we could express ourselves freely and be loved for the proud LGBTQ+ people that we are,” said VICELAND’s “My House” cast member and noted ballroom scene commentator, Precious Ebony. “We are all so very honored to perform for The Trevor Project’s gala to continue to support our community and their life-saving message of love and acceptance for LGBTQ+ youth. I hope everyone is ready for a show-stopping, jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-seat performance.”

“We’re thrilled to have Rita Ora and the ‘My House’ cast support The Trevor Project’s mission of saving LGBTQ young lives,” said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “We’re excited to have performers from different parts of the LGBTQ community join us for an incredible night at TrevorLIVE NY.”

It was previously announced that U.S. Olympic medalists Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy will serve as the event’s emcees, while Lena Waithe and Greg Berlanti will be honored with the Hero Award, and McKinsey & Company’s Dominic Barton will receive the 20/20 Visionary Award. Additional names for TrevorLIVE New York will be announced in the coming weeks.

Proud presenting sponsors of this year’s TrevorLIVE NY include AT&T, Goldman Sachs Gives, and 21st Century Fox. In addition, Kimpton Hotels is the official hotel sponsor, United Airlines is the official airline sponsor, and Three Olives vodka is the official spirits supporter. For more information on TrevorLIVE NY, please visit https://ny.trevorlive.org

**A note to media: credentials are required to cover the TrevorLIVE New York gala. To apply, please complete the online application by 5 p.m. ET on June 6.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, 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 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org

About TrevorLIVE

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. Learn more about TrevorLIVE at http://ny.trevorlive.org.

Press Contacts

Michael Samonte | Damiano DeMonte | Ulisses Rivera | Liz Heyman
Sunshine Sachs
212-691-2800
[email protected]

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646-576-7044
[email protected]


Statement Regarding the Supreme Court’s Decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

The Trevor Project released the below statement today from Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

“The Trevor Project is disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, but the narrow ruling does not change the fact that discrimination against LGBTQ people—and LGBTQ youth in particular—is wrong and un-American. While this ruling applies only to this particular case, the court also recognized that states can seek to prevent the harms of discrimination in the marketplace, including against LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ adults and youth should be able to live their lives freely and proudly, without discrimination. When business open their doors to the public, they should be open to all, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

It is wrong to allow pediatricians to turn away child patients, just because they are transgender.
It is wrong to allow schools to expel students, just because they are gay or lesbian.
It is wrong to allow stores to turn away teen-age customers because they are bisexual or queer.

We need to let LGBTQ youth know that when they are in crisis they can always reach out for help and support. Discrimination and rejection of LGBTQ youth can have negative impacts on their mental health. We know that youth from highly rejecting families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than youth from accepting families. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. And research has shown that more than 40% of transgender people have attempted suicide with over 90% of those attempts occurring when the transgender individual is younger than 25 years old.

We at The Trevor Project want every young person in this country to know that they are beautiful the way they are and that they are not alone. Any LGBTQ person who needs support or someone to talk to can reach out to us 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 and find more digital support and resources at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/gethelp.

We also want to make clear that you can be LGBTQ and a person of faith. We call on faith communities across the country to remind LGBTQ youth that they are not alone, and they should feel welcome and affirmed to join them in practicing their faith.”

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25. The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, 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 1-866-488-7386. www.TheTrevorProject.org


How You Can Support The Trevor Project for Pride (And Get Some Cool Products Too!)

Celebrate 2018 Pride Month in style with The Trevor Project product partners. Each of these amazing brands is donating proceeds to support our mission of saving young LGBTQ lives. And don’t forget to buy an extra one for your friend or family members!

Gilt

Gilt Pride Collection

Gilt has created a super-cute Pride collection, with everything from tanks and tees to shorts and sandals. 100% of net proceeds from the collection go to Trevor.

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Rumpl

Pride Flag Rumpl Puffy Throw

Show your Pride wherever you need to be cozy with the Rumpl blanket. It’ll add a rainbow splash to your couch, camp, or picnic—and $5 from each blanket is contributed to Trevor.

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Pride Collection

A&F has multiple ways to contribute to Trevor for Pride 2018. Proceeds from their (hella-cute) Pride collection go to Trevor, and this month you can round-up at A&F registers to support Trevor.

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wagamama

proud Juice

This month, wagamama has teamed up with Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy to create a custom juice blend called proud. Delicious, refreshing, and 100% of profits go to Trevor!

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Dr. Martens

Pride Boots

We don’t know about you, but we need some rainbow boots to march this month (and ya know, to wear every day afterwards). A percentage of proceeds from Dr. Martens’ Pride boots go to Trevor.

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Marine Layer

Pride Tee

Rock Marine Layer’s super-soft Pride tee at the parade, at the office, at the beach this summer…pretty much anywhere. $15 per shirt is donated to Trevor.

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Lemonade Insurance

Who knew that getting insured could also involve giving back? Lemonade’s renters and homeowners insurance policy donates any unclaimed premium back to The Trevor Project.

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Queer Qrosswords

Puzzle Party anyone? When you donate $10 to The Trevor Project, you get access to 22 LGBTQ+-themed crossword puzzles through Queer Qrosswords.

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Sock Problems

Rainbow Pow

Get Pride-ready, express yourself, and sock hate in the process! Sock Problems donates 25% of proceeds from their “Rainbow Pow” socks back to Trevor—not just this June but year-round!

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RompHim

Pride Romper

For all of June, Romphim is offering 10% off of your purchase—or donate that $ to The Trevor Project! Grab their limited edition Pride Romper or another of their creative designs.

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Shake Shack

Pride Capsule Collection

Love Shack, Baby! Shake Shack is celebrating Pride all month long with a limited-edition Pride capsule collection, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Trevor. They’re also spinning up the Pride Shake, available on the Shack App in June, with $1 from every shake benefiting The Trevor Project.

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Warby Parker

Haskell Prism Frames

Launching June 8, this limited-edition collection features an all-time favorite Warby Parker frame decked out in six new bright, summery hues inspired by the rainbow–a meaningful symbol of diversity and solidarity. In that spirit, Warby Parker will make a special donation to The Trevor Project to commemorate and celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

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rag & bone

Shop for a Cause

rag & bone is hosting a series of Pride events throughout June—and 10% of sales from these events go to Trevor. Come shop, celebrate, and check out the window displays by artist Tyler Wallach.

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SoulCycle

Pride Packs

This June, for every Pride pack sold, SoulCycle will donate 5% of sales to The Trevor Project, up to $100,000 and donate one SoulCycle pass to a Trevor volunteer. See you on a bike!

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Wildfang

Wild Feminist Pride Tee

For the month of June, Wildfang is donating a portion of proceeds from their badass Wild Feminist collection to Trevor. They even have a special Pride tee for you to rock.

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