TrevorLIVE L.A., the annual event that works to raise awareness of the obstacles that face LGBTQ youth and further the lifesaving work of the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults, took place on Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The event drew a number of LGBTQ activists, actors, musicians, and more who wanted to help further the cause and let LGBTQ youth know their lives matter.
Whether allies sharing the ways LGBTQ people inspire them, stars with advice for teens who are contemplating suicide, or those touting the most important ways we’re fighting bulling now and in the future, several people spoke passionately on the event’s red carpet and sent the message loud and clear — lives of LGBTQ youth matter.
(Producer, Who Do You Think You Are)
On the next step in battling bulling of LGBTQ youth:
Regardless of the role models LGBTQ youth have today, on television, in the media, and regardless of all the strides we’ve made, we have to take it further. We have to not only encourage our youth today but also the generation behind them and the generation ahead of them so LGBTQ youth feel supported in whoever they grow up to be. Our next step always should be about education and opening the lines of communication, which is something the Trevor Project is all about.
(Orange Is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder)
On advice to LGBTQ teens who may be contemplating taking their own life:
There’s a lot of love out there waiting for you. More love than you can imagine right now. There’s an entire world out there, and you owe it to yourself to at least explore it and give it a shot because once you open your eyes to the way the world is in different parts, you’ll find you are very welcome in so many places, even if you don’t feel welcome where you are in your life at this moment.