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Trevor Honors Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, the First Out Transgender White House Staffer

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2017) – The Trevor Project’s annual Washington D.C. fundraising gala, A Night Out For Trevor: Washington D.C., will take place on Friday, May 19 at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco.  The event draws hundreds of influential and prominent individuals from DC and surrounding areas and is an impactful evening of entertainment and awareness building of the Trevor Project mission to save young LGBTQ+ lives.

“Raffi is a champion for having put forth endless efforts to raise awareness of issues facing our community, including The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide for all LGBTQ youth,” said The Trevor Project Interim Executive Director, Steve Mendelsohn. “With unabated fighters like Raffi in our corner, we are pushed forward and closer to our goal. We’re honored and beholden to Raffi for carrying out our mission and very proudly honor Raffi with our Outstanding Public Service Award.”

“I’m very touched, very humbled by this award, said Freedman-Gurspan. “I am also happy to lend my public support for an organization that, I think, now more than ever is exceedingly critical to keep around and have.”

“Raffi’s whole career has been about lifting up transgender folks,” says Amy Loudermilk, the Trevor Project’s Director of Government Affairs. “Particularly transgender people of color who often struggle with suicidal ideation. Raffi was really well-versed in suicide, she really understood the issues. She did a lot for our cause, which tends to go a little unnoticed in the community. She worked hard with HHS and SAMHSA to make sure they heard from the community about their mental health needs, challenges, and access to care. And she did that around the country, which was really amazing. It had never been done before, and has really helped us.”
Previous speakers, honorees, and performers have included DC Councilmember David Grosso, Aaron Gilchrist, Kyle Dean Massey and many more. The purpose of the event is to raise funds & increase awareness; entertain and inspire; create new long-lasting supporters and partnerships; steward current donors and cultivate new donors into the organization.

The award will be officially bestowed upon Freedman-Gurspan, a longtime advocate of LGBTQ rights, at the organization’s annual D.C. fundraiser held at The Trevor Project’s Night Out DC fundraising gala at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Kimpton is a Premiere National Sponsor of The Trevor Project.

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The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. 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. For more information, visit

Sheri A. Lunn
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The Trevor Project
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