Long time LGBTQ ally and activist, multi-Grammy Award-nominated, two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian and #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin will host TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles on December 8th at the Hollywood Palladium, presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo.
Multi-hyphenated filmmaker Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages, Hairspray) will produce the show with special guests to be announced.
“We are deeply honored to announce Jane Lynch as our Trevor Hero Award honoree. Through her career and personal endeavors, Jane has emerged to be an unabashed proponent of equality for LGBTQ people, using her influence to pave the way for the futures of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “Additionally, Kathy has been an ardent ally of The Trevor Project, and we are elated that she is bringing her comedic talents to TrevorLIVE Los Angeles as this year’s host.”
The high-profile evening of music, comedy and entertainment celebrates 15 years of The Trevor Project’s life-saving, life-affirming work to prevent suicide among LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth. As previously announced the event will include the presentation of the Trevor Youth Innovator Award to Adam White, a senior at Brigham Young University, and the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award to Toyota. The Chair for the event is Ken Campbell. Tickets to TrevorLIVE LA may be purchased here.
“I am so excited to be hosting TrevorLIVE Los Angeles and proud to be a part of this invaluable cause,” said Griffin. “The Trevor Project brings hopefulness to those in need and year after year, there are still more lives that need saving. The work that the Trevor Project does for our youth is powerful!”
Said Trevor Hero honoree Jane Lynch, “I’m proud to stand up for a cause I believe in and am deeply honored to receive the Trevor Hero Award. With the major strides, like the impending passage of ENDA, and the outpouring of LGBTQ characters in the media, it can be easy to forget that despite all this progress, challenges remain. The Trevor Project continues to provide essential support to those who need it most.”
Lynch can currently be seen in the Ryan Murphy television series Glee on FOX as Sue Sylvester. Some of her other recent television credits include the STARZ series Party Down, Lovespring, a Lifetime original series, Desperate Housewives and Weeds as well as the last season of The L Word opposite Cybill Shepherd. She has recurring roles on Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and The New Adventures of Old Christine. She most recently starred in the Broadway production of Annie as Miss Hannigan in a limited run and can also be seen hosting NBC’s recent game show hit, Hollywood Game Night, produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. Her recent film credits include A.C.O.D, Three Stooges, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, Shrek Forever After, The Post Grad Survival Guide, Paul and Brownie Masters. Past film work includes Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, as well as Role Models, The Rocker, Spring Breakdown, the animated film Space Chimps, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, The 40 Year old Virgin, Margaret Cho’s Celeste and Bam Bam, Alan Cumming’s Suffering Man’s Charity, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepover, and Surviving Eden.
Griffin most recently set a new Guinness World Records title for the “Most Stand-Up Specials by a Comedian” and received Harvard Undergraduates Honoring Veteran’ Distinguished Service Partner Award for her work with military veterans. Griffin moved from her native Chicago and joined the famed Los Angeles Groundlings Theatre where she was a student and later a teacher. She built up her resume with guest spots on ER, X-files and Seinfeld. Griffin went on to co-star alongside Brooke Shields in Suddenly Susan on NBC. In 2005, she starred in her ground-breaking show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, for which she won 2 and was nominated for 8 Emmys. Her stand up specials Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell"; Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch; Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker; were nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Her memoir “Official Book Club Selection” was # 1 on the New York Times best seller list. Griffin’s comedy albums “For Your Consideration”(2008); “Kathy Griffin’s Sucking it for the Holiday’s” (2009); “Kathy Griffin does the Bible Belt” (2010); “Kathy Griffin: 50 and Not Pregnant”(2011); and “Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class” (2012) have all been nominated for Grammy’s. She received rave reviews on Broadway for her show “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony”. She is the recipient of The Trevor Project’s Trevor Life Award, the GLAAD Vanguard Award, and the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.