The Trevor Project honored Jane Lynch Sunday at TrevorLive, a star-studded gala at the Palladium Theatre in Los Angeles, with its prestigious Trevor Hero Award for her work promoting visibility and acceptance of LGBT youth.
Hosted by comedian Kathy Griffin, the evening featured performances by Adam Lambert, Amber Riley, Cheyenne Jackson, Megan Hilty, Sia, the cast of Glee, and more, who turned out to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Trevor Project and its lifesaving mission of providing suicide prevention services to LGBT young people. Adam White, a senior at Brigham Young University and a member of the organization's Youth Advisory Committee, and Toyota also received awards for their advocacy.
“I would love this moment to be falsely modest and say that I am no hero,” Lynch said upon accepting the Trevor Hero Award. "I would love to be able to say what I do is not extraordinary. But I can't. I deserve this freakin' award."
In honor of Lynch’s achievement as a Trevor Hero, The Advocate asked the stars at TrevorLive — including Griffin, Glee’s Alex Newell, TrevorLive producer and director Adam Shankman, basketball star Jason Collins, Glee’s Dot-Marie Jones, Bridegroom’s Shane Bitney Crone, and Pretty Little Liars’ Brant Daugherty — about their own heroes.
Check out their responses as well as more highlights from TrevorLive on the following pages.
Shane Bitney Crone, Bridegroom filmmaker
“George Takei is one of my heroes,” said Shane Bitney Crone, standing next to his mother and sister on the red carpet. “It’s amazing what he’s done and how he’s made a name for himself on social media and how he’s using that to help so many people."
“Adam Lambert is another,” added the filmmaker, whose award-winning documentary Bridegroom was recently picked up by Redbox. “He’s inspired me and showed me it’s OK to be who you are and [being gay] is something to be proud of. And my mom!”
Kathy Griffin, comedian and TrevorLive host
For Kathy Griffin, Jane Lynch was an obvious choice for a Trevor Hero Award. “She's the perfect spokesperson for all that Trevor represents, which is when you're hurting, reach out, get a laugh, hear a song, feel a little better,” she said.
Adam White, youth advocate and Trevor Youth Innovator Honoree
“I'm so excited and so humbled to be recognized and I am proud to represent the enormous potential of LGBTQ youth who identify as religious — and of all unlikely things, as a Mormon,” said White upon accepting the Trevor Youth Innovator Award at the ceremony.