- contributed by Jacque Wing
Communications Manager / The Trevor Project
West Hollywood, CA
Star-studded company, fabulous entertainment, and great food are all in check for the eighth annual Trevor New York gala on June 30, 2008 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. The event benefits The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. Award-winning actor Alan Cumming and The N, the 24-hour network for and about teens, will be honored at the gala.
Because suicide is one of the top three killers of young people, and gay and questioning youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, The Trevor Project’s work is especially critical. Currently, The Trevor Project manages to do its lifesaving work on a shoestring budget, supported primarily by the generosity of individuals.
The Trevor Project was created by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life. When Trevor was scheduled to air on HBO® in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program’s teen viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and began to search for a support line to be broadcast during the airing. They discovered that no such helpline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of gay and questioning youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.
Trevor New York will be hosted by actor Alec Mapa. Idina Menzel and Sandra Bernhard will be performing; Lauren Collins, Gideon Glick, Cheyenne Jackson, Heather Matarazzo, Rosie Perez and Adamo Ruggiero are among the celebrity presenters.
For tickets, call The Trevor Project at 310-271-8845 or visit TheTrevorProject.org.