From a press release:
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA, December 7, 2015 –The Trevor Project was proud to honor Jazz Jennings, Michael Lombardo, and The Walt Disney Company at TrevorLIVE LA 2015. Presented by HBO, Walt Disney Company, and Wells Fargo and led by Special Guest Director Adam Shankman, this irreverent evening of comedy and music took place on Sunday, December 6th at the Hollywood Palladium. Todrick Hall, Shira Lazar, and RJ Aguiar hosted the red carpet livestream, presented by Toyota Financial Services and produced by WhatsTrending.
The evening began with a moving speech from Trevor Project’s Executive Director and CEO Abbe Land, who spoke about Trevor’s new Southern initiative that has been developed to reach youth that may not have access or knowledge about The Trevor Project’s resources.. The entertainment started with an electric performance of “Peeno Noir” by Tituss Burgess. He then introduced host Joel McHale, who brought comedic moments to the show throughout the night.
Valerie Cherish (aka Lisa Kudrow) made a special appearance in a tribute video to HBO’s President of Programming Michael Lombardo, honored for his fight to bring LGBTQ equality into the workplace. Julia Louis-Dreyfus presented the Trevor Hero Award to Lombardo, noting the pivotal role he played in inspiring Vice President Joe Biden to announce his support for marriage equality in 2012.
"The Trevor Project, by providing crisis counseling and a sense of community, is a lifeline to scores of young men and women struggling to feel unbroken, to feel of value," said Lombardo. "There is nothing more basic, more critical, than the work Trevor does and what it represents - that one is never alone, that being gay or lesbian or trans is a difference to be embraced and valued."
Candis Cayne, Kevin Zegers, and Jeffrey Paul Wolff presented the Youth Innovator Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, to Jazz Jennings for her work to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and advocate for transgender youth. Jennings said, “Being transgender has not just been a physical transition for me. It’s been about discovering who I am, how to love myself, and spreading that love towards other people and accepting one another no matter their differences. Knowing that I can help folks discover themselves, and that organizations like The Trevor Project exist to help kids understand their feelings and identities is lifesaving.”
Amy Adams appeared to present the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award to Walt Disney Company. Following a touching video that highlighted Disney’s support of the LGBTQ community through its’ projects over the years, Chairman of Walt Disney International Andy Bird accepted the award on behalf of the company.
Said Bird, "The Trevor Project saves lives. It is a candle in the darkness, illuminating the way to safety for so many young people struggling to find acceptance. And, even though the world has changed dramatically since this organization was founded, there is still so much to be done. The Walt Disney Company is proud to be part of the effort…and to stand with The Trevor Project tonight and always."
The evening was full of laughs, heartfelt speeches, and jaw-dropping performances by Aja Naomi King, Alex Borstein, Alfred Enoch, Brad Goreski, Brenna Whitaker, Cheyenne Jackson, Conrad Ricamora, Eli Lieb, Guillermo Diaz, Jack Falahee, Jeremy Jordan, Martin Starr, Matt McGorry, Niecy Nash, Pauley Perette, Rachel Bloom, Sarah Silverman, Suzanne Cryer, Tony Hale. The night ended with a powerful performance of “The Circle of Life” by Burgess.
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