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Dustin Lance Black and Neil Patrick Harris Join Trevor Project Board


Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Neil Patrick Harris have been elected the board of directors for The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization announced Tuesday.

The Trevor Project focuses its efforts on suicide prevention among LGBT teens.

"Because Dustin Lance Black and Neil Patrick Harris have already demonstrated their tireless commitment to LGBTQ youth and The Trevor Project, we are thrilled to welcome them to our leadership team," Charles Robbins, the executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project, said in a statement. "As prominent members of the entertainment community, they will certainly help raise awareness about The Trevor Project's programs and their insight will be invaluable as we work to empower young people with the crisis intervention skills and suicide prevention resources they need."

Black won the Academy Award in 2009 for Best Original Screenplay for Milk. Harris has racked up multiple nominations for his work on TV's How I Met Your Mother.

Both men are quoted in The Trevor Project's announcement.

Dustin Lance Black: "All of the work we're doing today to win LGBT equality is for these young people's futures. So it is vital that we ensure they survive today's challenges so they might know tomorrow's freedoms. I'm honored to have the opportunity to continue and expand my involvement with this lifesaving organization as a member of the Board of Directors."

Neil Patrick Harris: "I've been a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project, and I'm excited to become even more actively involved in raising awareness of its unique and vital mission,. I hope that my involvement with The Trevor Project will help bring attention to the need for effective crisis and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth nationwide."

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