As performers and special guests arrived for Trevor Live, hundreds of thousands of people tuned in online for a special live stream of the red carpet, hosted by WhatsTrending.com. Co-hosts Shira Lazar and Tyler Oakley interviewed dozens of talented supporters of The Trevor Project and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth for a 2-hour live red carpet arrivals show, sponsored by Toyota Financial Services. This high-profile annual event benefits the life-saving, life-affirming work of The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.
“Trevor Live,” directed by Adam Shankman, featured performances by Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti, Betty Buckley, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Barrett Foa, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dermot Mulroney, Kayla Radomski, Andrew Rannells, Naya Rivera, Kyle Robinson, Jessica Sanchez, Ryan Teddar, with celebrity Voice of God, Amy Poehler.
“Trevor Live” featured special appearances by Christa B. Allen, Justin Bartha, Chris Colfer, Whitney Cummings, Derek Hough, Sarah Hyland, Rashida Jones, Jason Kennedy, Ricki Lake, Samuel Larsen, Jane Lynch, Ashley Madekwe, Gabriel Mann, Joel McHale, Kevin McHale, Pauley Parrette, Connor Paolo, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Brittany Snow, Jenna Ushkowitz, Bebe Wood, and celebrity guest DJ Samantha Ronson!
“I am so proud to be honored by The Trevor Project as a Trevor Hero,” said Katy Perry, Trevor Hero Award honoree. “I hope all LGBTQ youth know that they are as valuable as anyone else, that they are amazing and unique, and make the world a more vibrant place. Trevor’s life-saving, life-affirming work helps youth find the future they deserve. I want every young person to choose to have a tomorrow and to dream for the future.”
Perry continued, “And if they don’t get to hear it enough, I hope they know that they can pick up the phone to call the Trevor Lifeline, or log on and talk to someone on TrevorChat. It’s okay to ask for help. You are worth it. Make a pledge to yourself to get help if you need it, because we need you in our lives.”
“The Trevor Project is proud to have honored Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award and Audi with the Trevor 2020 Award. And thank you to Adam Shankman for again lending his talent as director of Trevor Live, and all the incredible talented performers and presenters who made the event memorable,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project. “Trevor Live is where entertainment and cultural change align to send a message to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth that they deserve a bright future, and it starts the moment you reach out to The Trevor Project.”
“On behalf of Audi of America, I would like to sincerely thank The Trevor Project for this recognition,” said Michael Patrick, Media and Entertainment Communications manager at Audi upon acceptance of the Trevor 2020 Award. “Audi is grateful to be able to help encourage LGBTQ youth to take pride in themselves and the communities that support them. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and being a true leader means being unique and being authentic.”
The Trevor Hero Award honors Katy Perry for empowering youth and increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. The Trevor 2020 Award recognizes long-time Trevor supporter Audi of America as a progressive organization that supports the LGBTQ community. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention.