The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project
The logo of the Trevor Project
FoundedMarch 25, 1998; 21 years ago (1998-03-25)[1]
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
FocusCrisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth[3]
HeadquartersWest Hollywood, California[3]
Coordinates34°05′14″N 118°22′48″W / 34.0871278°N 118.3801027°W / 34.0871278; -118.3801027Coordinates: 34°05′14″N 118°22′48″W / 34.0871278°N 118.3801027°W / 34.0871278; -118.3801027
MethodSaves young lives through its free and confidential Lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources, and advocacy.[3]
Gina Muñoz[2]
Amit Paley[2]
Revenue (2017)
Expenses (2017)$6,686,579[3]
Employees (2016)
Volunteers (2016)

The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25, as well as to offer guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school.


Former senator Al Franken discussing LGBT suicide and the Trevor Project.

The project was founded in 1998[1] in West Hollywood, California, by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski, and Randy Stone. They are the creators of the 1994 Academy Award–winning short film Trevor, a dramedy about Trevor, a gay thirteen-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life. When the film was scheduled to air on HBO television in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program's young 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 LGBTQ youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group.

The Trevor Lifeline was established with seed funds provided by The Colin Higgins Foundation and HBO's license fee. As a result, it became the first nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.[4] The project also provides online support to young people through the project's website, as well as guidance and resources to educators and parents.

In November 2009, the project was contracted by the Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force, located in Tulare County, California.[5] With this agreement, the project received public funds for the first time. In June 2009, seven Tulare County volunteers completed The Trevor Project Lifeguard Workshop Facilitator training. Lifeguard workshops have been done in schools in Tulare County municipalities, including Dinuba, Lindsay, Porterville and Visalia, as well as in Hanford in adjacent Kings County.

The Trevor Project has been supported by various celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres,[6] Troye Sivan,[7] Kathy Griffin,[8] Shay Mitchell,[9] Daniel Radcliffe,[10] Neil Patrick Harris,[11] James Marsden,[12] Chris Colfer,[13] Kim Kardashian,[14] Darren Criss,[15] Dianna Agron,[16] George Takei,[17] Anderson Cooper,[18] John Oliver[19] and Tyler Oakley.


The Trevor Lifeline[edit]

Nancy Pelosi visiting the Trevor Project's San Francisco Harvey Milk Call Center in 2011

The Trevor Lifeline is the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth in the United States. The lifeline is a free and confidential service from trained counselors trained to listen without judging, and can refer callers to supportive local organizations and groups; this information is also available on the project's website.

On August 10, 2009, the project announced that it received a major cash donation to support the lifeline from actor Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter film series. Radcliffe said in a statement:[20]

I am very pleased to begin my support of the Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work. It's extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top-three killer of young people, and it's truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.


TrevorText is a confidential text messaging service provided by The Trevor Project 24 hours a day 7 days a week.[21]


TrevorChat is a free, confidential, live and secure online messaging service provided by The Trevor Project 24 hours a day 7 days a week.[21]


TrevorSpace is an online social networking community for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 through 24, along with their friends and allies. Youth can create personal profiles, which are verified by the administrators before they are allowed to interact with other profiles, and connect with other young people internationally, as well as find resources within their communities.[22] TrevorSpace is commonly used to receive or give advice and make friends who have shared similar experiences as the user. TrevorSpace is carefully monitored by administrators designated by the project to ensure all content is age-appropriate, youth-friendly and factual. Members over the age of 18 cannot privately message members under the age of 18. TrevorSpace links members to The Trevor Project's home page, where information about The Trevor Lifeline, "Dear Trevor," and other resources is available. The software used to create TrevorSpace was donated to the project by Tim Gill, an American software entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Palette Fund Internship Program[edit]

Through the Palette Fund Internship Program, the project provides for five internships in both its Los Angeles and New York City offices. Interns are placed among the program, communication, and development departments. The program provides an opportunity for young people to learn about working in the non-profit sector. Palette Fund internships are specifically designed to introduce young leaders to the LGBTQ movement.[23]

Youth Advisory Council[edit]

The Youth Advisory Council serves as a liaison between youth nationwide and the project on issues surrounding suicide, sexuality and gender identity. The council submits recommendations to the project in an effort to increase project visibility and best serve the LGBTQ youth population.[24]

School workshops[edit]

The project's Lifeguard Workshop Program uses a structured, age-appropriate curriculum to address topics around sexuality, gender identity, the impacts of language and behavior, and what it means for young people to feel different. The program also teaches young people to recognize depression and suicide amongst their peers, the impacts of language and behavior on LGBTQ youth, and suicide prevention skills in schools.[25]

Fundraisers & Annual Awards Ceremonies[edit]

Tyler Oakley's fundraiser[edit]

On February 10, 2014, YouTube personality Tyler Oakley started a fundraiser to collect $150,000 for the Trevor Project. Oakley set the deadline for the money to be collected by the time of his birthday, March 22, but the goal was reached after only six days.[26] Oakley later extended the fundraiser and more than $462,000 had been raised as of March 29. On March 31, the fundraiser ended, with a total of $525,754 raised.[26]

Annual Award Ceremony Fundraisers[edit]

The Trevor Project uses annual events to honor individuals and businesses that have been leaders in supporting LGBT rights and advocated against bullying and hate crimes. In 1998, it held the first Cracked Xmas fundraiser in Los Angeles, changing its name to TrevorLIVE Los Angeles in 2010. In 2001, a NewYork City-based annual event was added, using entertainers to raise financial resources for the organization.[27] This NYC-based event has had three names, beginning as "A Very Funny Whatever", chaning to TrevorNY in 2007 and then to TrevorLIVE New York in 2011. In the 2018 financial year (August 2017-July 2018), these special events raised over $3,030,000.[28]

The New York City event is typically held in June each year, and the Los Angeles event is typically held in late November or early December each year.

A variety of awards have been given over time and not all awards are given each year.

List of Awards Given[edit]

Trevor Hero Award[edit]

This award honors an individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism or occupation, is an inspiration to gay and questioning youth.

Trevor Youth Innovator Award[edit]

Awarded to LGBTQ or straight people under the age of 25 who work to support, inspire, and empower LGBTQ youth.[29]

Trevor Commitment Award & Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award[edit]

Awarded to businesses that support LGBT rights, started in 2007.[30]

Trevor Life Award[edit]

The Trevor Life Award award honors a person who is an inspiration to LGBTQ youth.[31]

Trevor Hope Award[edit]

The Trevor Hope Award is presented to businesses that have demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community and "has increased the visibility and understanding of LGBT issues."[32] It was first presented in 2004.[33]

List of Award Recipients by Event Date[edit]

List of Award Recipients by Event Date
Ceremony Date Event Award Recipient(s)
December 2002 Cracked Xmas 5[34] Life Award Armistead Maupin
December 2003 Cracked Xmas 6[34] Life Award Rosie O'Donnell
December 2004 Cracked Xmas 7[35] Life Award Debra Messing & Megan Mullally
Hope Award Wells Fargo
May 20, 2005 A Totally Funny Whatever 5 [36] Hero Award Tony Kushner
December 2005 Cracked Xmas 8[34] Life Award Marc Cherry
Hope Award LPI Media
June 22, 2006 A Totally Funny Whatever 6[36] Hero Award Michael Cunningham
December 3, 2006 Cracked Xmas 9[37] Life Award Roseanne Barr
Hope Award HBO
June 25, 2007 TrevorNY[38] Hero Award Nathan Lane
Commitment Award Bravo Networks
December 2007 Cracked Xmas 10[39] Life Award Ellen DeGeneres
Hope Award Clear Channel Communications
June 2008 TrevorNY[39] Hero Award Alan Cumming
Commitment Award The N (now TeenNick)
December 7, 2008 Cracked Xmas 11[40] Life Award Sigourney Weaver
Hope Award Lifetime Networks
June 29, 2009 TrevorNY[40] Hero Award Dustin Lance Black
Commitment Award CNN
December 6, 2009 Cracked Xmas 12[41] Life Award Neil Patrick Harris
Hope Award AT&T
June 28, 2010 TrevorNY[41] Hero Award Vanessa Williams
Commitment Award Macy's
December 2010 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[32] Life Award Kathy Griffin
Hope Award Levi Strauss & Co
June 27, 2011 TrevorLIVE New York Hero Award Daniel Radcliffe
December 4, 2011 TrevorLive Los Angeles[42] Hero Award Lady Gaga
20/20 Visionary Award Google
June 25, 2012 TrevorLIVE New York[43] Hero Award Susan Sarandon
Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award Renae Cartwright

Jeremian Beaverly

20/20 Visionary Award MTV
December 2, 2012 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[44] Hero Award Katy Perry
20/20 Visionary Award Audi of America
June 17, 2013 TrevorLIVE New York[44] Hero Award Cindy Hensley McCain
Youth Innovator Award Cason Crane
20/20 Visionary Award Wells Fargo
December 8, 2013 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[45] Hero Award Jane Lynch
Youth Innovator Award Adam White
20/20 Visionary Award Toyota
June 16, 2014 TrevorLIVE New York[45] Hero Award Ariana Huffington
Youth Innovator Award Tyler Oakley
20/20 Visionary Award Goldman Sachs
December 7, 2014 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[46] Hero Award Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC
Youth Innovator Award Skylar Kergil
20/20 Visionary Award Yahoo!
June 2015 TrevorLIVE New York[47] Hero Award Sir Ian McKellen
Youth Innovator Award Ryan Fecteau
20/20 Visionary Award Johnson & Johnson
December 6, 2015 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[48] Hero Award Michael Lombardo, HBO President of Programming
Youth Innovator Award Jazz Jennings
20/20 Visionary Award The Walt Disney Corporation
June 13, 2016 TrevorLIVE New York[49] Hero Award Jordan Roth

Richie Jackson

Youth Innovator Award Cole Ray Davis
20/20 Visionary Award Twitter
December 5, 2016 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[50] Hero Award Kelly Osbourne
Digital Innovator Award Ingrid Nilsen, YouTube Personality
20/20 Visionary Award Facebook
June 2017 TrevorLIVE New York[51] Hero Award Dan Reynolds
Icon Award Edie Windsor
20/20 Visionary Award Deloitte
December 2017 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[52] Hero Award Tom Ford
Icon Award Kristin Chenoweth
June 2018 TrevorLIVE New York[53] Hero Award Lena Waithe

Greg Berlanti

20/20 Visionary Award McKinsey & Company
December 2018 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[54] Hero Award Ryan Murphy & the cast of POSE
Youth Innovator Award Amandla Stenberg
20/20 Visionary Award AT&T Mobility & Entertainment
June 2019 TrevorLIVE New York[55] Hero Award Cara Delevinge
Champions Award Kelly Ripa

Mark Consuelos

20/20 Visionary Award Ernst & Young
November 17, 2019 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles[56] Youth Innovator Award Hayley Kiyoko
Champions Award Cybill Shepherd
20/20 Visionary Award PWC Charitable Foundation

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