Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, is to be honored by the youth suicide prevention charity The Trevor Project for his work in advocating for vulnerable young LGBT teens it has been announced.
From The Trevor Project press release (Radcliffe’s statement has been highlighted):
New York City, NY – On Monday, June 27, 2011, Daniel Radcliffe will be honored by The Trevor Project with the Trevor Hero Award during “Trevor LIVE” at Capitale (130 Bowery, NY, NY). The annual show benefits the life-saving work of The Trevor Project and will also honor Ernst & Young LLP with the Trevor 2020 Award. The event’s presenting sponsor is ING.
Each year following Pride, The Trevor Project, the leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, brings together top talent to celebrate and honor leaders and role models for LGBTQ young people. This high-profile event has honored actors and comedians including Kathy Griffin, Neil Patrick Harris and Vanessa Williams and corporate trailblazers such as Levi Strauss & Co., Wells Fargo Bank and CNN for their support of LGBTQ youth.
“Young people deserve to live in a world that accepts them for who they are, regardless of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Radcliffe. “As an ally, I’m honored that The Trevor Project has selected me to receive the Trevor Hero Award, and will continue to raise awareness about the life-saving resources they offer for LGBTQ youth.”
A star of stage and screen, Radcliffe has been involved with The Trevor Project since 2009, appearing in public service announcements and making public statements in support of LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Hero Award recognizes an individual who serves as an inspiration to sexual minority youth and increases visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.
“As our country becomes more in-tune to supporting the needs of LGBTQ youth, it is vastly important to have influential voices model the best ways to do that. Both Daniel Radcliffe and leading professional services organization, Ernst and Young LLP, exemplify that dignity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is an innate human value,” said Charles Robbins, Executive Director of The Trevor Project.
“We are honored to be recognized by The Trevor Project as a leader in diversity and inclusion. We owe this honor to the commitment of our employees and our leadership to creating an inclusive work environment that celebrates the individual contributions of our people,” said Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP. “We look forward to working with The Trevor Project as it pursues its vital, action-oriented mission.”
Trevor 2020 Award honoree Ernst & Young LLP is committed to creating an inclusive environment, valuing different characteristics including race, background, gender, sexual orientation, or physical abilities. The Trevor 2020 Award recognizes an organization that has supported the LGBTQ community and has increased the visibility and understanding of LGBTQ issues.
(More at www.thetrevorproject.org/trevorlive)
Here is an Associated Press interview with Daniel, where he talks about his reasons for supporting The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Helpline number is 866-4-U-TREVOR.
Trevor Project Links:
- Follow the Trevor Project on Facebook
- Follow the Trevor Project on Twitter
- Volunteer for the Trevor Project