Daniel Radcliffe Accepts Hero Award, Dedicates It to Suicide Prevention Volunteers
BY Jeremy Kinser
June 30 2011 12:20 PM ET
Daniel Radcliffe was honored with the Trevor Project Hero Award and
dedicated it to "the real heroes," who he says "are the people who are staffing
those call centers and picking up the phones, saving lives every single
day," reports MTV.
The LGBT teen suicide prevention organization held its annual awards event in New York City Monday night with comic actress Amy Poehler emceeing. She joked that she was the voice of God, according to The Wall Street Journal. "And as the voice of God, I have the ability to marry gay couples tonight," Poehler told the crowd, which included Brad Goreski, Kelly Ripa, and Johnny Weir. "You know all those straight people who said they were waiting to get married as soon as everyone could? Well, now they've got to do it too."
Ripa announced that her husband, actor Marc Consuelos, is available to marry couples. "He's an ordained minister," she said.
Other entertainers included the PS22 chorus, who performed a rousing cover of Adele's blockbuster "Rolling in the Deep," and Robin Williams, who delivered a marriage equality-inspired comedy routine, joking about his own failed relationships. "In marriage there are withdrawals, and then there are deposits in other accounts," Williams said.
But the star of the evening was definitely Radcliffe, who is currently headlining the hit Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. "It's incredibly important because all over the country there are many young people who are going through incredibly difficult times coming out or accepting who they are or coming to terms with who they are," Radcliffe said. "And it's wonderful that compassionate, brave people work at the Trevor Project and are ready to take calls 24 hours a day to help those people."
Radcliffe has called his work with the Trevor Project "one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that I'm associated with." The Harry Potter star has been involved with the organization since 2009 and filmed a popular public service announcement. "He actually found us," said James Lecesne, one of the founders of Trevor Project. "He's really able to see outside his purview."
Watch Radcliffe's PSA for the Trevor Project below.