LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 /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 honorary awards. Marc Cherry, the creator and
executive producer of the hit ABC television series, Desperate Housewives,
will receive The Trevor Life Award; LPI Media Inc. (LPI), the publishers of
The Advocate, Out and The Out Traveler magazines, will receive The Trevor Hope
Award. Both awards will be presented at The Trevor Project's eighth annual
Cracked Xmas event, which will be held on December 4, 2005 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 Debra
Messing and Megan Mullally (2004), Rosie O'Donnell (2003), and Armistead
Maupin (2002). The prior recipient of The Trevor Hope Award, which was first
presented in 2004, is Wells Fargo.
"Given the strong, positive gay sensibility in his body of work and his
visible example as a successful, out role model for gay youth across the
country, we're thrilled to be honoring Marc Cherry with this year's Trevor
Life Award," said Jorge Valencia, executive director of The Trevor Project.
"In addition, Marc's important personal contribution helping to underwrite the
short film Trevor, the inspiration for The Trevor Project, allows us to
further our mission of curbing suicide among gay and questioning teens."
"I am enormously pleased to receive The Trevor Life Award," said Marc
Cherry. "Shockingly, suicide is one of the top three killers of young people.
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 wish The Trevor Project had been around when I was growing up and
had troubled friends."
"Through its groundbreaking and widely read publications, LPI has provided
unprecedented support and acceptance of the LGBT community in general and
youth in particular and they are, indeed, a worthy recipient of The Trevor
Hope Award," said Mr. Valencia. "By proudly, unapologetically and regularly
publishing positive gay stories, LPI 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. Moreover, LPI has been an
important and constant supporter of Trevor and Cracked Xmas from the
"Every day, The Trevor Project saves lives through its helpline, its
website and the educational materials it provides to educators and parents
and, consequently, we are gratified to receive The Trevor Hope Award," said
Judy Wieder, corporate editorial director of LPI Media, Inc. "We hope that
our support of this worthy organization will inspire others to become involved
so that it can further raise its visibility and expand its services and
outreach to meet the overwhelming need of our nation's youth."
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
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 LPI Media, Inc.
LPI Media, Inc. is the nation's leading publisher targeting the gay and
lesbian community, distributing more than eight million copies of its
magazines each year. Its titles include The Advocate, the community's
newsmagazine of record since 1967; Out, the popular lifestyle magazine that
celebrates the spirit of gay culture, including fashion and style, trends,
society, and the arts; The Out Traveler, the nation's only magazine that
presents the entire travel experience from a gay perspective; Alyson
Publications, the oldest gay and lesbian book-publishing company in America;
and Advocate Books, an imprint of Alyson. LPI Media's Internet properties
include Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com, and HIVPlus.com.
SOURCE The Trevor Project