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Trevor Project to honor Daniel Radcliff

From The Seattle Times:

Daniel Radcliffe looks forward to a tolerant world where young people grow up unaffected by differences in sexual orientation.

For the past couple of years, the “Harry Potter” star has been doing his part to make that a reality with his work with the Trevor Project, the leading organization for suicide prevention efforts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths.

For his contribution, Radcliffe is being honored with the organization’s Hero Award at a ceremony in New York in June.

While privileged to be a part of this group carrying forward the organization’s life-saving work, Radcliffe said he feels a little bashful about it, too.

“The people that are doing the heroic things are the people answering phones 24 hours a day in the Trevor call centers,” he said. “I think that out of everything that I’ve done so far in my career, I think this is absolutely one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that I’m associated with.”

I know that I come off as a cynical, bitter curmudgeon, but it melts my heart to see that there really is hope for the future.The Trevor Project was founded by the creators of the 1994 short film Trevor, about a gay 13 year old boy who attempts to commit suicide after he was rejected by his friends. When the film was aired on HBO, they wanted to include a PSA for suicide prevention specifically for youth in Trevor’s situation. Unable to find such an organization, they created one using the licensing fee paid by HBO.

The Trevor Lifeline, which operates 24/7 as a free crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth — the only such in the United States — operates in cooperation with the Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force with its phone bank in Visalia, California. Personally, this is very surprising to me: lived in Visalia for several years, and it is the jewel in the buckle of California’s Bible Belt. I suppose operations here make sense, as most of the county’s churches bear a lot of responsibility for driving LGBTQ youth to suicide in the first place.

Anyhow, Radcliffe has been involved with the Trevor Project since August, 2009, when he donated a large sum of money to help in their work. He later recorded a public service announcement:

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