The Trevor Project Announces Recipients of Annual Hero and Commitment Awards

Nathan Lane to Receive The Trevor Hero Award and Bravo to Receive The

Trevor Commitment Award at Organization's Seventh Annual New York Event

Apr 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Trevor Project

    LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 New York honorary awards. Nathan Lane, the
 Tony Award(R), Olivier Award and Screen Actors Guild Award(R)-winning actor
 who has starred in The Producers, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
 Forum and numerous other stage, screen and television productions, will
 receive The Trevor Hero Award; Bravo, the cable network that broadcasts hit
 programming such as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Project Runway, will
 receive The Trevor Commitment Award. Both awards will be presented at The
 Trevor Project's seventh annual New York City gala, Harmony, Heart & Humor,
 which will be held on June 25, 2007 at the Hudson Theatre.
     The Trevor Hero Award honors an individual who through his or her
 example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to gay
 and questioning youth. Past recipients of The Trevor Hero Award are Michael
 Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours (2006), and Tony
 Kushner, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award(R)-winning playwright of Angels in
 America (2005). The Trevor Commitment Award, of which Bravo will be the
 first recipient, 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
     "Nathan Lane's brilliant career and unapologetic openness about his
 orientation provide continuing inspiration to our community, especially to
 its younger members, and we are excited to be honoring him with the 2007
 Trevor Hero Award," said Charles Robbins, executive director of The Trevor
 Project. "In particular, his very human, poignant and wonderfully funny
 portrayal of complex gay characters in projects such as The Birdcage and
 Love! Valor! Compassion!, long before such choices were popular, offer an
 important source of hope to young people."
     "It is a true privilege to receive The Trevor Hero Award," said Mr.
 Lane. "Most people are unaware that suicide is one of the top three killers
 of young people. Perhaps even more unknown -- and certainly heartbreaking
 -- is the fact that gay and questioning youth are three times more likely
 to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, a statistic which makes
 The Trevor Project's work especially critical. I sincerely hope that my
 ongoing participation in, and support of, gay material will be of use in
 helping young people realize that they, too, can pursue their dreams and
 lead rich and rewarding lives."
     "Bravo has proven itself to be a leading and innovative force in the
 presentation of material that not only entertains and delights, but also
 depicts gays and lesbians as indispensable contributors to our culture and
 society and it is a pleasure to honor the network with the inaugural Trevor
 Commitment Award," said Mr. Robbins. "Through its decision to air
 programming as diverse as Boy Meets Boy, Work Out, Kathy Griffin: My Life
 on the D-List and its launch of, Bravo constantly
 demonstrates its commitment to the LGBT community. This unhesitatingly
 favorable depiction of gays and lesbians encourages the acceptance of
 individuals regardless of sexual orientation, an endeavor that in no small
 way supports Trevor's mission of preventing suicide among gay and
 questioning youth."
     "Bravo is committed to presenting a diverse and eclectic view of the
 world," said Lauren Zalaznick, president, Bravo. "We're extremely pleased
 to be honored by the The Trevor Project, an organization that saves lives
 every day. And if, through our acceptance of this award, Bravo can help to
 raise Trevor's visibility so that it can continue to meet the growing
 demand for its work, we would be especially honored."
     In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first annual Cracked Xmas
 fundraising gala in Los Angeles to keep the fledgling The Trevor Helpline
 open and available to gay and questioning youth. In 2001, the organization
 held its first New York fundraiser. The two galas, both now annual events,
 bring 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(R) for Best Short Film (Live Action).
     For more information about The Trevor Project, visit The Trevor Project is a 501 (c)(3) organization.
     About Bravo
     Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, entertainment
 and pop culture with original programming, acclaimed drama series, movies,
 comedy and music specials, and by showing a whole different side of
 celebrities. Currently available in more than 84 million homes, Bravo is
 known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look
 at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the
 creative process, and making influential and inventive original
 programming. Its critically acclaimed original programming includes the
 Emmy-nominated "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," 12-time
 Emmy-nominated "Inside the Actors Studio," "The Real Housewives of Orange
 County," "Top Chef," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," as well as the 2004 Emmy
 winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye," and the four-time
 Emmy-nominated hit competition series, "Project Runway."
     Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a
 division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and
 entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of
 entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been
 an NBC cable network since December 2002 and was the first television
 service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in
 December 1980. For more information visit
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