In Los Angeles at The Hollywood Palladium on December 6 at 5:00 p.m., we invite members of the LGBTQ community and allies as we thank our donors, advocates, and volunteers at our annual fundraiser TrevorLIVE, an irreverent evening of comedy, music, and heartfelt speeches that will engage guests philanthropically and emotionally as they celebrate The Trevor Project.
With Special Guest Director and Trevor Board member Adam Shankman, hosting the event will be Joel McHale, comedian, actor, writer, and television producer, known for hosting the television talk show The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community. Guest performers such as Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess, Emmy-winning comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emmy-nominated actress Alex Borstein, Grammy-nominated actor, singer, songwriter Cheyenne Jackson, Tony and Grammy-nominated actor Jeremy Jordan, and more will offer entertainment throughout the night.
As a role model to the LGBTQ youth that The Trevor Project serves, trans advocate Jazz Jennings will be honored as the Trevor Youth Innovator Honoree for her tireless efforts to educate school systems about transgender issues through her foundation, TransKids Purple Rainbow. She was also instrumental in changing the United States Soccer Federation policies regarding transgender children and continues her advocacy efforts through her position as a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador. Her TLC show I Am Jazz sheds personal light on the challenges that come with growing up as a transgender girl amidst the usual teen angst. “Jazz has proven herself a role model and a leader in the LGBTQ community,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “She consistently displays a strength beyond her years in her continued efforts to raise awareness, advocate for equal rights, and shape a brighter future for LGBTQ youth.”
Being honored for his LGBTQ advocacy and forward-thinking television programming is HBO’s President of Programming, Michael Lombardo, who brings LGBTQ equality both into the workplace and his personal values. Overseeing all of HBO and sibling network CINEMAX’s original programming, including LGBTQ-themed shows such as the San Francisco gay love story Looking and an original movie about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, as well as Emmy-winning series Game of Thrones, Girls, and documentaries like The Case Against 8, he’s helping bring LGBTQ stories into the forefront of television. Lombardo also serves as a role model for LGBTQ youth through his service on the boards of The Paley Center, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), and Film Independent. Chairman of Walt Disney International, Andy Bird, will accept the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award for The Walt Disney Company, which will be honored for fostering safe and respectful environments for the LGBTQ community. Executive Director and CEO Abbe Land states, “So many people benefit from The Walt Disney Company and Michael Lombardo’s commitment to raising awareness, advocating for equal rights, and changing the future for our LGBTQ youth. We look forward to celebrating these amazing honorees at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles.”
As always, TrevorLIVE brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support The Trevor Project’s life-saving initiatives, including our free and confidential lifeline, chat and text services, suicide prevention workshops, community outreach, advocacy efforts, and educational resources. Be a part of making an impact, participating in the community, and honoring those who have advocated for us. Watch the Livestream December 6, 5-7 p.m. PST at trevorlive.org.