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Alan Cumming To Be Honored At Live Out Loud's Eleventh Annual Young Trailblazers Gala On April 30th

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NEW YORK, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan Cumming, Emmy-nominated star of The Good Wife on CBS, will be honored at Live Out Loud's Eleventh Annual Young Trailblazers Benefit Gala this year. Cumming will be presented with the Star Award, given to individuals who have helped Live Out Loud empower LGBT youth. Cumming has used his prominence as a multitalented actor to benefit numerous LGBT and AIDS-related causes, hosted Live Out Loud's 9th Annual Gala in 2010 and appeared in a Live Out Loud public service announcement produced by Showtime. The event will take place on Monday, April 30th at The TimesCenter in New York City and will be hosted by B.D. Wong, star of the new NBC series Awake.

"What we lack in the LGBT world is positive role models," said Alan Cumming. "Now, more than ever, if you're out and proud and strong, it's important to let our young brothers and sisters know that life is good and we are happy to be who we are. It's important to speak out and get your message to the kids who need it most. It's for all our good."

A highlight of this year's gala will be the awarding of $5,000 scholarships to five high school seniors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills within their communities. Live Out Loud will also honor leaders who have supported the organization over the years and served as role models for LGBT youth. Other honorees include Deutsch / A Lowe & Partners Company, which will receive the inaugural Corporate Leadership Award, and Bruce T. Sloane, who will receive the Founders Award.

Sponsors of the Eleventh Annual Young Trailblazers Gala include Deutsch / A Lowe & Partners Company, InStyle Magazine, TJ Maxx & Marshalls, Calvin Klein, Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions, Giorgio Armani Corporation, J. Crew, Tory Burch LLC, Draftfcb, Donny Deutsch, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Daryl Roth, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Tickets to attend the gala start at $150. To purchase tickets, contact Kristine Bruch at 212.228.7446 x15, kristine@mcevoyandassociates.com or visit liveoutloud.info. Supporters can check in on FourSquare – even if they are not at the event – at http://4sq.com/IrxQn9.

About Live Out Loud
Dedicated to empowering, mentoring, and celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, Live Out Loud is a non-profit organization that produces panel discussions, lectures, and workshops that connect LGBT youth with role models and leaders in the LGBT community.  Founded in 2001, Live Out Loud presents programs at metropolitan area high schools and universities featuring panelists from every walk of life, including actress Cherry Jones, author Eric Marcus, director John Cameron Mitchell, and New York Times columnist Stuart Elliott.

Hailed as "a testament to brave LGBT youth" by Time Out New York magazine, Live Out Loud also operates The Homecoming Project, a grassroots initiative that brings successful gay adults back to their high schools to share their stories with today's students.

Live Out Loud
Jeff Hagan
212.651.4218
jeff@liveoutloud.info

For Media Inquiries:
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212.373.6004
cvillasmil@golinharris.com

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