For the second year in a row, YouTube celebrity and long-time Trevor supporter Tyler Oakley chose to use his birthday to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth. Through his incredible online presence, Tyler hoped to raise $150,000. In the following months, fans and supporters from all over the country chipped in, quickly surpassing Tyler’s initial goal and bringing the final gross total to $525,704!
“We are so grateful that Tyler chose to celebrate his birthday by raising awareness for The Trevor Project. The difference he’s making will impact thousands of LGBTQ youth, and will help brighten so many futures. To the people who contributed to Tyler’s birthday campaign, The Trevor Project offers a huge ‘Thank you!’ – with your support, we can do so much,” said Ron Silverman, Vice-President of Development at The Trevor Project.
Tyler shared why giving to Trevor was so important to him this year:
"Every day I hear from young people all around the world who are going through their own challenging moments in life. Although I try to offer my advice and support to as many as I can, having The Trevor Project to refer them to is life-saving. Their trained staff and volunteers are able to provide help and support in ways the average person can’t. Whether making videos about it on my channel, being an intern for the organization in 2009, or hosting their annual benefit’s red carpet, it has always been important for me to include The Trevor Project in my work. It’s necessary for me to use my birthday to help young LGBTQ people across the nation strive to celebrate many more birthdays – it’s as simple as that."
Thank you again Tyler, for your incredible support!
If you are interested in making a donation to The Trevor Project, please click HERE.