Deborah Cox and Lauren Jauregui Tapped to Perform at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles Gala December 2

Red carpet and full awards show will be streamed live on The Trevor Project’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, powered by Revry

LOS ANGELES – Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum R&B/Pop recording artist and actress Deborah Cox and award-winning singer, songwriter, and activist Lauren Jauregui are set to perform at The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE Los Angeles on Dec. 2 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The event’s star-studded red carpet and full awards show will be streamed live on The Trevor Project’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, powered by the first queer global streaming network Revry and hosted by Shira Lazar and Ryan Mitchell from “Let’s Go There” on Channel Q Radio. The gala will launch the two-year partnership, which names Revry as the exclusive live streaming partner and the Official Streaming Network of TrevorLIVE LA and NY. It was previously announced that Ryan Murphy, the cast of “POSE,” Amandla Stenberg, and AT&T will be honored. Eugene Lee Yang will serve as host. Attendees include Jussie Smollett, with special guest appearances from “Superstore” actors Nico Santos and Lauren Ash.

“All of us at The Trevor Project are honored to have Deborah Cox and Lauren Jauregui join us this year at TrevorLIVE,” said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Their amazing voices are the perfect addition to what will be a powerful evening dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth across the country.”

Since beginning her career as a background singer for Celine Dion, Cox has recorded six award-winning and critically acclaimed albums and has written for and been recorded on numerous soundtracks. Her double platinum hit, “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” spent 14 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and she has thirteen No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Cox has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to the LGBT community. In 2015, she received the Out Music Pillar Award. In 2014, she received the California State Senate Award and in 2007, she received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and Equality. The Harvey Milk Foundation at the 2015 Diversity Honors honored her for her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community. On June 12, 2016, she was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney to proclaim June 12 as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Day.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles,“ said Cox. “I have such great love for the LGBTQ community and I am truly honored to be a part of such an important evening and join in supporting the crucial life-saving work of The Trevor Project.”

Jauregui is an artist, singer, songwriter, creative and humanitarian. The 22-year-old has embarked on the next chapter of her career with the release of her debut solo song “Expectations” via Columbia Records. Jauregui has spent most of the 2018 in the studio with writers/producers like Khaled Rohaim, Illangelo, Kid Harpoon, King Henry, Ilsey Juber and Alex Hope. Outside of the studio, Jauregui is politically outspoken and actively involved in protests. She has written several open letters since the 2016 United States presidential election, criticizing Donald Trump and his policies, including the “Muslim ban”, calling it “disrespectful to Humanity”. She penned an open letter to members of the Republican Party, which was published by Billboard in November 2016. She has marched with with students from Parkland, Fla. for gun reform and has joined them on panels and for media interviews. As she gears up for the release of her debut solo album, she continues her activism, imploring fans to be vocal about their stances, fight for human rights and get out and vote.

“I’m honored to be joining fellow LGBTQ activists as we celebrate the work of The Trevor Project over the past 20 years,” said Jauregui. “Every single young person has the right to live a life full of love and compassion without discrimination. TrevorLIVE will be an evening of looking toward a brighter future and further using our voice to make a difference.”

The proud presenting sponsor of this year’s TrevorLIVE LA is AT&T. In addition, Toyota serves as the official Red Carpet Reception sponsor, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants as the official hotel partner, and Three Olives® Vodka as the official spirits sponsor.

For more information on TrevorLIVE LA, please visit https://la.trevorlive.org

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

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://la.trevorlive.org.

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The Trevor Project Responds: CDC Report Shows Increased Suicide Rates Lower U.S. Life Expectancy

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ young people, responded to the CDC’s “Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999–2017” report. Released today, the study is one in a series of three government reports and shows a drop in US life expectancy.

“Today’s CDC report highlights the significant increase in suicide rates over time, proving that it is a continued public health crisis. For 10 years suicide has been the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., but we know that young people, specifically LGBTQ youth, are particularly impacted. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for all young people. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and nearly half of all transgender people have attempted suicide — many before the age of 25.

It’s now more important than ever to provide dedicated resources, in-depth research, legislation, and access to healthcare and education that supports LGBTQ youth and their wellness. The Trevor Project will continue fighting to save LGBTQ young lives, and will always be here for them to make sure they know that their life has value, and that they are loved and never alone.”
—Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director, The Trevor Project

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. Counseling is also available via chat from 3-10 p.m. EST every day at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678-678 from Monday-Friday, 3-10 p.m. EST.


Florida Becomes First State to Introduce Legislation Protecting LGBTQ Youth From Conversion Therapy in 2019 Legislative Session

Tallahassee, FL — Florida State Senator José Javier Rodríguez introduced Senate Bill 84 (SB 84) to protect LGBTQ youth from receiving conversion therapy, which falsely claims to be able to change people’s sexual orientation and gender identity, from licensed mental health practitioners, on November 21, 2018. With SB 84, Florida becomes the first state to introduce legislation to end conversion therapy in the 2019 legislative session.

“In most states it is still legal to force children into conversion therapy and that is wrong. When it comes to this debunked practice, there is no conversion and there is no therapy. So-called conversion therapy does not work because youth are who they are. They should be supported rather than shamed. More importantly, the practice we seek to ban is not therapy.” said Sen. José Javier Rodríguez (D Miami) “The long-term, even lethal, damage it does to youth is well documented. If you’re going to be a licensed practitioner in Florida, refraining from harming our youth with this debunked practice should be a basic requirement.”

A poll released in 2017 showed 71% of Floridians support banning conversion therapy for minors. Twenty local governments in Florida – both cities and counties – have adopted conversion therapy bans, which is more than in any other state in the country.

“The Trevor Project is deeply invested in ending conversion therapy in every state because we know youth who experience rejection from their family are more than 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than youth from accepting families,” said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. “Conversion therapy is a profoundly dangerous form of rejection with no basis in medicine or science. Unless lawmakers act to end the practice in every state, countless LGBTQ youth will be subjected to forms of conversion therapy in the next few years.”“Conversion therapy is a deceptive and utterly discredited practice that targets some of the most vulnerable in our state – LGBTQ young people,” said Jon Harris Maurer, Equality Florida’s Public Policy Director. “It’s time to put an end this dangerous abuse disguised as medical treatment.”

Equality Florida applauds José Javier Rodríguez for filing this critical legislation that would protect young people from this fraudulent practice.

“We are grateful to Senator José Javier Rodríguez for kicking off what we hope will be another successful year in the fight to end conversion therapy,” said Sam Brinton, Head of Advocacy & Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. “The Trevor Project’s 50 Bills 50 States campaign works to support legislation like SB 84 to protect LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy in every state in the country and we look forward to working with leaders and advocates in Florida to turn this bill into law.”

The Trevor Project works with national partners such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as well as state leaders like Equality Florida to end conversion therapy. 34 states have historically introduced legislation to protect youth from conversion therapy; 14 states have signed them into law. Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional health associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

People can sign up to join The Trevor Project’s effort to end conversion therapy by texting “TREVOR” to 40649.

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


The Trevor Project Responds: Administration Asks Supreme Court to Hear Transgender Military Ban Immediately

The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ young people, responded to the administration’s request of the Supreme Court to let it enforce its harmful transgender military ban.

“Attempting to implement a policy that excludes transgender people from service tells them that they are not worthy be a part of their nation, and the harmful public rhetoric around these policies have real world consequences. It’s important for transgender people to know that no proposed policy can change their value, whether they choose to serve in the military or not.

The Trevor Project will continue fighting for the safety of LGBTQ young people, and we will always be here for transgender youth in crisis to let them know they deserve respect, their lives have value, and that they are never alone.” -Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project

Harmful public rhetoric like this affects transgender youth, a high-risk population for suicide who our crisis counselors hear from every day:

  • The Trevor Project received more than double the amount of crisis contacts from transgender and gender non-conforming youth following the initial trans military ban tweet and Texas “bathroom bill” introduction.
  • The number of transgender and gender non-conforming youth reaching out to Trevor’s crisis services nearly doubled in the 24 hours after The New York Times article reported on the administration’s proposed narrow and harmful definition of gender.
  • In October 2018, The Trevor Project filed an amicus brief using organizational data and unique insights in its continued effort to fight the transgender military ban.
  • In response to the last ban on transgender service members, The Trevor Project filed amicus briefs in nearly every case, and our amicus brief was cited as a pivotal factor in the previous court decision of the case, with three such citations in Doe v Trump alone.

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. Counseling is also available via chat from 3-10 p.m. EST every day at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678-678 from Monday-Friday, 3-10 p.m. EST.


The Trevor Project to Honor Amandla Stenberg and AT&T’s David Christopher at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles Gala

Eugene Lee Yang Tapped to Host December 2 Fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 20, 2018) – The Trevor Project will honor Amandla Stenberg with the Youth Innovator Award and AT&T Mobility & Entertainment President David Christopher with the 20/20 Visionary Award for their commitment to supporting the nonprofit’s mission to provide crisis intervention services and end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people. The honors will be presented at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles, hosted by Eugene Lee Yang on Dec. 2 at The Beverly Hilton, with a special appearance by “Superstore” actors Nico Santos and Lauren Ash during the program. It was previously announced that Ryan Murphy and the cast of “POSE” will also be honored.

“We’re excited to honor Amandla for consistently using their platform to advocate for LGBTQ young people, and AT&T for its long history of supporting the LGBTQ community and Trevor’s crisis services,” said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “Led by Eugene, who dedicates his time and work to improving the lives of LGBTQ people everywhere, the evening is sure to be a fun and memorable celebration of The Trevor Project’s life-saving work on our milestone 20th anniversary.”

Stenberg can currently be seen in 20th Century Fox’s influential film “The Hate U Give” which premiered this year at the Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, they were recently seen in Amma Asante’s WWII drama “Where Hands Touch,” which also premiered at TIFF. In October 2018 they appeared on the cover of Time Magazine as a Next Generation Leader and has been recognized globally for their crusade towards sparking thoughtful conversation using social media as a platform to spread awareness and knowledge on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, mindfulness, biracial identity, sexual identity, gender and beauty standards to name few. They have been recognized with Teen Choice Awards, a BET Award and NAACP Image Award for their work.

“I’m so profoundly honored to be recognized by The Trevor Project, an organization I admire and whose work is so critical,” said Stenberg. “Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that LGBTQ youth have a safe space where they can find a sense of being when they feel lost or alone.”

Christopher, President of Mobility & Entertainment, will accept the 20/20 Visionary Award on behalf of AT&T. AT&T’s commitment to The Trevor Project, and other socially conscientious initiatives, is the latest in its exceptional history of supporting the LGBTQ community. In 1975, AT&T was one of the very first American companies to prohibit discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. In 1998, they adopted one of the very first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. And in 2006 AT&T was one of the first companies to offer transgender-inclusive health care benefits. Supporting the LGBTQ community is an enduring priority at AT&T, continuously working to identify ways to advocate and foster inclusivity.

“I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of AT&T,” said Christopher. “At AT&T, we strongly believe in equality for all and The Trevor Project’s life-saving work. Together we’ve been able to do something meaningful by expanding support for at-risk LGBTQ youth. As more and more of us join together in support of The Trevor Project, we will continue to truly make a difference.”

Hosting duties for TrevorLIVE Los Angeles will be fulfilled by Yang, one of the co-creators of The Try Guys. Santos and Ash from the NBC series “Superstore” will make a special appearance during the program.

Yang can next be seen opposite Andy Samberg in “Brooklyn 99,” and recently wrapped shooting on the indie “Spring Bloom” opposite Jake McDorman and Nora Zehetner. Eugene was also recently part of the Logo30, Logo’s inaugural list of extraordinary LGBTQ+ people for 2018, and was included amongst the first inductees of Gold House’s A100 list, which is comprised of the top 100 most influential Asian-Americans over the past year. In digital, Yang is well-known for his contributions as one of the creators of The Try Guys, who recently launched their own YouTube channel and production company. As a writer, director, producer, and actor; Eugene has reached billions of viewers worldwide, making him one of today’s most recognizable young Asian-American faces online and in social media.

With a combination of his sarcastic wit, outrageous sensibility, and snarky commentary, Santos has the rare ability to charm every audience he encounters. Santos was most recently seen in Warner Brother’s “Crazy Rich Asians” alongside an all-Asian cast including Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Ken Jeong. The film instantly became a cultural phenomenon, as well the highest-grossing romantic comedy in the past decade.

Ash is currently the voice of Scorpia in “She-Ra and the Princess of Power”. She has earned six wins throughout the past 10 years in various categories at the Canadian Comedy Awards, including the Canadian Comedy Person of the Year. This year, she was nominated for an ACTRA Award (Canada’s SAG Awards) for her performance in the film “Dirty Singles” and was the winner of a Canadian Screen Award (Canada’s Emmys) for a guest-starring role on the CTV sitcom Spun Out.

The event’s star-studded red carpet and full awards show will be streamed live on The Trevor Project’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, powered by Revry, the first queer global streaming network. TrevorLIVE LA will launch the two-year partnership, which names Revry the exclusive live streaming partner and the Official Streaming Network of TrevorLIVE LA and NY.

The proud presenting sponsor of this year’s TrevorLIVE LA is AT&T. In addition, Toyota serves as the official Red Carpet Reception sponsor, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants as the official hotel partner, and Three Olives® Vodka as the official spirits sponsor.

For more information on TrevorLIVE LA, please visit https://la.trevorlive.org

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

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kevin Wong
The Trevor Project
646.576.7044
[email protected]


Report: Protecting LGBTQ Youth Through Inclusive School Suicide Prevention Policies in California

School policies are an important part of suicide prevention, especially because of the amount of time young people spend at school. Released today, The Trevor Project’s new report shows that implementing legislation like California Assembly Bill 2246, which requires schools serving grades 7–12 to establish student suicide prevention policies, dramatically increases the number of policies that address the needs of high-risk populations including LGBTQ youth.

After reading hundreds of school suicide prevention policies from all across the state, The Trevor Project’s researchers found that only 3% of policies implemented before passage of AB 2246 in 2016 included LGBTQ youth, compared to more than 90% of those written afterwards. Today, 25% of California’s school suicide prevention policies still do not address LGBTQ students.

It is vital that all California policies be updated to comply with AB 2246, because studies show that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers, and nearly half of all trans people have made a suicide attempt — many before the age of 25. A third of all lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are bullied at school, and almost half of them seriously consider attempting suicide, almost 4 times more likely than their straight peers.