If you were a star in Los Angeles on Sunday, pretty much the only place to be was at Trevor Live, an event to benefit The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Most fundraisers have a few big names, if they are lucky, but this was on the scale of an awards show. Appearances were made by celebs like Mary J. Blige, Miley Cyrus, Neil Patrick Harris, LeAnn Rimes, the cast of Glee, Fergie, Will Arnet, Christina Hendricks, Jane Lynch, Christina Applegate, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne and so many more.
Glee star Dianna Argon took to her tumblr the next day to share one of her inspiring and memorable experiences from the night. She wrote, “Last night, a straight father came up to me with his son, and he proudly exclaimed, ‘We’re from the Bay Area like you, this is my son, and he just came out!’ His son stood next to his sister, smiling, and I felt so happy to see that he was accepted in their family. I know this is not always the case. It is on nights like last night that I am reminded of the extreme gift one is given when they are allowed to be themselves.”
Lady Gaga and Google were both awarded for their work to raise the visibility of LGBTQ issues, especially when it comes to victims of bullying. Lady Gaga said about the honor, “This award means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win.”
We hope LGBTQ youth around the world looked at the flood of love and support coming from the Hollywood Palladium and felt like they were not alone.