Tyler Oakley Celebrates Trevor

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.

Trevor Supporters Share Grammy Award Love Story

On January 26th, longtime supporters and Friends of Trevor, Yawar Charlie and Jason Miller made history as one of the 33 couples to wed at the Grammy Awards!

Yawar told us about the unexpected Grammy opportunity, “At first, we weren’t allowed to tell anyone anything – including friends and families! The week before the event, we could finally tell everybody. We’re so blessed and honored to have been involved.”

The couple was ecstatic to be part of Macklemore’s iconic song, but the excitement really didn’t sink in until they realized that Madonna sang at their wedding.

“It felt like every single person was there to support us. They didn’t care what gender our partners were. They embraced us, and celebrated the love we all had found. Queen Latifah even signed our wedding licenses!”

Jason, from rural Pennsylvania, wore a tuxedo, and Yawar, from a strict Muslim family in the Middle East, wore a traditional Pakistani outfit. The couple soon began receiving congratulatory emails, tweets, and messages from people around the world who were touched by their cross-cultural wedding.

“I think Jason and I both feel that what our public wedding showed was, there is hope,” shared Yawar. The newlyweds continued with a message for Trevor’s youth, “No matter who you are, no matter what background you come from, no matter what your culture is – you deserve love. It can happen to you.”

The couple will celebrate their marriage with their family and friends, later this summer.

Are you having a wedding or celebration? Consider asking your guests to give to a cause that’s close to your heart. You can show your support for LGBTQ youth and Celebrate Trevor by visiting TheTrevorProject.org/pages/fundraise/.

TrevorLIVE Success!

This December 8th, TrevorLIVE Los Angeles captivated more than 1,200 Trevor supporters at the Hollywood Palladium. We are thrilled to announce that this night of awareness raised over one million dollars for our life-saving mission, thanks to the generosity of our guests.

Special Guest Director Adam Shankman created a magical evening with amazing performers who shared their talent to support The Trevor Project, hosted by long-time Trevor supporter and award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin. The event proudly honored Golden Globe® Award and Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch (Trevor Hero), Toyota (Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award), and young Mormon LGBTQ advocate, Adam White (Trevor Youth Innovator).

During the official TrevorLIVE red carpet pre-show, presented by Toyota Financial Services, Shira Lazar of WhatsTrending.com and Tyler Oakley interviewed celebrity guests and performers for their second consecutive year. You can watch clips online of Jane Lynch, Kathy Griffin, Darren CrissSarah Michelle Gellar, and Chris Colfer talking about how special The Trevor Project is to them. The impact of this evening was clear – because of how important Trevor is to you and our celebrity supporters, #TrevorLIVE became a trending topic on Twitter.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsors, Audi of America and Wells Fargo, and our invaluable event sponsors for supporting this powerful evening of awareness. We can hardly wait to bring the excitement of TrevorLIVE to New York on June 16th!

A Life Saving Gift

September 24, 2013

Every so often, The Trevor Project receives donations from supporters who have a story to tell. This past August, one letter stood out among the generous notes we received. It began with a fifteen-year-old’s birthday celebration; but the wish list of this young girl didn’t include new gadgets, clothes or toys – in lieu of gifts, Nicole asked her guests to donate money to The Trevor Project.

Nicole chose to give to The Trevor Project after a local gay teenager tragically died by suicide. She was deeply affected. “My daughter did not know [him] well,” Alison’s mother wrote to us. “She mainly knew him as the best friend of one of her friends. However, she wanted to donate this money in the hopes that maybe by doing this, she could make a difference in saving someone else’s life.”

Thank you for your generous birthday donation Nicole! All of us at The Trevor Project are grateful for your dedication to helping your friends and peers stay safe, and for helping to prevent suicide. You have truly made a difference.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. We’re here for you 24/7.

Thank You AT&T

August 22, 2013

In celebration of Pride season, AT&T created the “Live Proud” campaign and invited the LGBTQ community to spread awareness, empowerment and most importantly, pride. In return, AT&T agreed to contribute up to $50,000 to The Trevor Project, based on reaching key social media benchmarks – and with our supporters’ help, we did.

From April 1 through June 30, $1 would be donated each time a supporter “liked” the campaign Facebook page and $0.50 would be added for each retweet on Twitter. By the campaign’s close, a total of 68,087 Facebook “likes” and 26,228 retweets were counted. Of those who submitted their own proud moments online, ten people and their guests also won an AT&T Live Proud VIP experience with Adam Lambert in Los Angeles.

The Trevor Project thanks AT&T for donating $50,000 while spreading a message of encouragement through their life-affirming campaign and looks forward to partnering with them in the future. We also thank the thousands of supporters on social media who helped make this donation a reality.

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Donor Spotlight: Ron Valdez

In April, a prominent New York artist, Robert Longo, donated 36 exclusive first edition prints of his new untitled piece to benefit The Trevor Project. This incredible partnership and donation, totaling over $90,000, would not have been possible without Ron Valdez, chair of The Trevor Project’s Leadership Circle. The Leadership Circle is comprised of a dedicated group of former Trevor Board members who support our programmatic goals.

“The Leadership Circle was enthusiastic about Mr. Longo’s interest and involvement in The Trevor Project,” said Valdez. “We are looking forward to building this new relationship with him and with the art world at large, and are thankful for Mr. Longo’s generous donation to help save young lives.”