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
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 orientation. "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 OUTzoneTV.com, 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 www.TheTrevorProject.org. 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 www.bravotv.com. Event/Ticket Information: Darren Doutt / The Trevor Project 310.271.8845 Darren.Doutt@TheTrevorProject.org
SOURCE The Trevor Project
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