Trevor Project to Honor Barr at Cracked Xmas
The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that operates a 24x7
suicide prevention helpline for teens in the United States, is awarding
actress Roseanne Barr with The Trevor Life Award on 3 December 2006.
Organizers will also give cable network HBO The Trevor Hope Award (that
evening) during its annual Cracked Xmas event in Los Angeles at the
The Trevor Life Award honors those who, through example, inspire teens
to accept themselves. The Trevor Hope Award honors a company or
organization that sets the example of corporate acceptance for all
people regardless of sexual orientation.
Barr, 54, known best for her comic television performance as a
1990s small town housewife on Roseanne made a positive impact "through
her work and her visible example of acceptance of individuals
regardless of their sexual orientation," said Jorge Valencia, executive
director of The Trevor Project.
"We’re thrilled to be honoring Roseanne Barr with this year’s Trevor
Life Award. In addition, the bold choices Roseanne made to prominently
portray gay characters in a funny and thoughtful way, continue to give
young people across America encouragement and hope.”
Barr said that “it is a great honor to receive The Trevor Life Award.”
“I have always been committed to expanding the definition of what is
normal and what is good and what is human.
"The Trevor Project’s work is especially critical because gay and
questioning youth are three times more likely to attempt suicide than
their heterosexual peers. I’m personally aware of the tough challenges
gay youth can face and I hope that some of my efforts have helped lead
to greater acceptance and made their lives a bit easier,” Barr said.
HBO was the first network to broadcast the Academy Award winning short
film Trevor, which chronicled the attempted suicide of a young gay man,
and will receive The Trevor Hope Award.
“HBO has played an instrumental role in the history and life of The
Trevor Project,” said Valencia. “In fact, by being the first
national broadcast outlet to air Trevor, HBO provided the impetus for
the creation of The Trevor Helpline and we are extremely pleased to
honor the company with The Trevor Hope Award."
Carolyn Strauss, president, HBO Entertainment said, “HBO has believed
in the critical nature of The Trevor Project’s work since we first
broadcast Trevor nearly 10 years ago and we are pleased indeed to
receive The Trevor Hope Award.”
“Through its helpline, its website and the educational materials it
provides to educators and parents, The Trevor Project saves lives every
day. In the future, we hope that other media companies will follow our
lead and make even more young people aware that The Trevor Helpline’s
trained counselors, who listen without judgment, are always available
and remain a constant source of hope,” Strauss said.
In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first annual Cracked Xmas
fundraising gala in order to keep The Trevor Helpline open and
available. Now an annual event, Cracked Xmas brings together top
entertainers to raise the financial resources necessary to fund the
organization’s services with an irreverent evening of music, mayhem,
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