LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the nation’s only around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth, today announced the recipients of its annual honorary awards. Roseanne Barr, comedian and actress on the hit television series, Roseanne, will receive The Trevor Life Award; HBO, the first network to broadcast the Academy Award®-winning short film Trevor and the distributor of hit films and programming such as Angels in America, And the Band Played On, Entourage, OZ, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and Sex in the City, will receive The Trevor Hope Award. Both awards will be presented at The Trevor Project’s ninth annual Cracked Xmas event, which will be held on December 3, 2006 at The Wiltern LG in Los Angeles.
The Trevor Life Award honors an individual who through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to gay and questioning youth. The Trevor Hope Award honors a company or organization that, through its policies, initiatives and other efforts, demonstrates a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) causes and is a prominent, public example of corporate acceptance of individuals regardless of sexual orientation. Past recipients of The Trevor Life Award are Marc Cherry creator of Desperate Housewives (2005), Debra Messing and Megan Mullally (2004), Rosie O’Donnell (2003), and Armistead Maupin (2002). Past recipients of The Trevor Hope Award are LPI Media Inc. (2005) and Wells Fargo (2004).
“Given the strong, positive impact she has made through her work and her visible example of acceptance of individuals regardless of their sexual orientation, we’re thrilled to be honoring Roseanne Barr with this year’s Trevor Life Award,” said Jorge Valencia, executive director of The Trevor Project. “In addition, the bold choices Roseanne made to prominently portray gay characters in a funny and thoughtful way, continue to give young people across America encouragement and hope.”
“It is a great honor to receive The Trevor Life Award,” said Ms. Barr. “I have always been committed to expanding the definition of what is normal and what is good and what is human. The Trevor Project’s work is especially critical because gay and questioning youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. I’m personally aware of the tough challenges gay youth can face and I hope that some of my efforts have helped lead to greater acceptance and made their lives a bit easier.”
“HBO has played an instrumental role in the history and life of The Trevor Project,” said Mr. Valencia. “In fact, by being the first national broadcast outlet to air Trevor, HBO provided the impetus for the creation of The Trevor Helpline and we are extremely pleased to honor the company with The Trevor Hope Award. More broadly, HBO has clearly demonstrated its commitment to the LGBT community through its regular airing of programming with gay and lesbian storylines in both its original series and features. That ongoing effort by HBO to portray gays and lesbians as valuable members of society helps The Trevor Project and its volunteers convince gay youth that their lives have real value and that help exists for the issues and struggles they face.”
“HBO has believed in the critical nature of The Trevor Project’s work since we first broadcast Trevor nearly ten years ago and we are pleased indeed to receive The Trevor Hope Award,” said Carolyn Strauss, president, HBO Entertainment. “Through its helpline, its website and the educational materials it provides to educators and parents, The Trevor Project saves lives every day. In the future, we hope that other media companies will follow our lead and make even more young people aware that The Trevor Helpline’s trained counselors, who listen without judgment, are always available and remain a constant source of hope.”
In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first annual Cracked Xmas fundraising gala in order to keep The Trevor Helpline open and available to gay and questioning youth. Now an annual event, Cracked Xmas brings together top entertainers to raise the financial resources necessary to fund the organization’s services.
About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline, 866.4.U.TREVOR, is a free and confidential service that offers hope through its trained counselors. In addition to the helpline, the organization’s website provides information on identifying and assisting potentially suicidal youth and “Dear Trevor”, a confidential resource where youth can ask questions about sexual orientation and identity issues. The Trevor Project also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents. The organization was founded by three filmmakers whose film, Trevor, about a teenager who attempts suicide after realizing that he might be gay, received the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action).
For more information about The Trevor Project, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org. The Trevor Project is a 501 (c)(3) organization.
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