LOS ANGELES (Dec. 5, 2016) – Last night The Trevor Project hosted its 2016 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles gala at The Beverly Hilton. Kelly Osbourne was honored with the Trevor Hero Award; Facebook received the 20/20 Visionary Award, accepted by Alex Schultz, Facebook’s VP of Growth Marketing, Analytics & i18n; and Ingrid Nilsen received the Digital Innovator Award. The evening was led by special guest director Chris Folkens. Attendees included Julianne Hough, Chloe Grace Moretz, Dermot Mulroney, Kathryn Hahn, Ariel Winter, Lance Bass, Pauley Perrette, Margaret Cho, Lisa Vanderpump, Jay Duplass, Noah Galvin, Dan Bucatinsky, Ava Allan, Krista Allen, Yetide Badaki, Raymond Braun, Kitty Brucknell, Hayden Byerly, Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman, Julyza Commodore, Brian Justin Crum, Jack Falahee, Jay R. Ferguson, Daniel Franzese, Jason George, Dana Goldberg, Joey Graceffa, Ty Herndon, Cheyenne Jackson, Trevor Jackson, Paul Katami, Shira Lazar, Cody Longo, Trace Lysette, Our Lady J, Lana Parrilla, Martha Plimpton, Joey Pollari, Fred Rosser, Matt Shively, Jamie Lynn Sigler, J.J. Totah, Jonathan Tucker, Bruce Vilanch, Bebe Wood, Hudson Yang, Jeff Zarrillo, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Trans Chorus of Los Angeles.
Highlights from the event included:
- The evening, led by the “Voice of God,” had a familiar tone as it was narrated by six-time Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch.
- Pauley Perrette introduced an emotional video paying tribute to Abbe Land, The Trevor Project’s CEO and Executive Director. Land received a standing ovation following the announcement of her departure from the organization and expressed the importance of the nonprofit following the election. “Already, the aftermath of one of the most contentious presidential elections has yielded the highest number of calls, chats and texts from LGBTQ youth in our organization’s history. In the nine-day period following the election, nearly 2,000 young people reached out to us,” said Land. “Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we meet the urgent needs of our young people. We must reach more youth than ever before, remind them of their value, advocate for laws that protect their lives and futures.”
- Ingrid Nilsen, recipient of the Digital Innovator Award, expressed her appreciation for being honored. “I really feel like this award is a reflection of the community that has shown me so much kindness and acceptance over the last seven years and I am just eternally grateful. My community continues to inspire me and challenge me every single day to be the best I can be.”
- Kelly Osbourne gave a teary-eyed heartfelt speech as she accepted the Trevor Hero Award for her advocacy. “I know what it feels like to feel alone and feel different,” said Osbourne. “To be defined by your sexuality is something I will never understand, because love is love is love is love,” said Osbourne quoting Lin-Manuel Miranda. She touched on the recent presidential election, stating, “We’re living in a time where we might not have the future president that we wanted in this country. As an immigrant who can’t vote, I don’t really get to say much. But tonight, I do. And people voted for him. So just like they gave us a chance to love equally, we will fight to keep that, but we must give him a chance as well.”
- Margaret Cho kicked off the evening with a light-hearted stand-up comedy routine that had the entire room bursting out in laughter while shedding light on important issues.
For more information on TrevorLIVE Los Angeles, please visit: http://la.trevorlive.org/.
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About The Trevor Project
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 free and confidential lifeline, educational materials, online resources, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.
TrevorLIVE at The Marriott Marquis is the signature annual event of The Trevor Project. As always, this June event brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support the organization’s life-saving initiatives, including its free and confidential lifeline, suicide prevention workshops, community outreach, advocacy efforts and educational resources. More at trevorlive.org.