NBC Goes Gay-Vague in Segment on the Trevor Project

BY Lucas Grindley

December 02 2011 4:19 PM ET

NBC's The Sing-Off did a good thing — it featured the Trevor Project in a lengthy segment on its finale — but then the show took an odd turn by leaving out any mention of the nonprofit's focus on LGBT youth.

AfterElton was first to notice that when Pentatonix visited its charity, like the other finalists on the show, the word "gay" or "LGBT" never surfaced during the entire visit to the Trevor Project's headquarters.

"We are grateful to NBC's The Sing-Off and Pentatonix for ensuring that millions of people know about the Trevor Project's lifesaving services," said David McFarland, interim executive director and CEO of The trevor Project, in a statement to The Advocate. "As an LGBTQ youth-serving organization, at no time did the Trevor Project hide our work or the community that we serve."

So it appears that the decision to be gay-vague was NBC's. The segment shows members of Pentatonix talking about what it was like to be bullied for being Jewish or for the way they talk. And others said they'd been bullied for being "a lot taller" or "different." But that's as close as anyone came to explaining the Trevor Project's focus.

Watch the segment below.







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