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.