Monday night marked the 10th anniversary of Trevor New York benefiting The Trevor Project and honoring the work of it’s call center life line volunteers, youth who have endured hostility/hate but triumphed, Macy’s for their LGBTQ commitment and Vanessa Williams as the Trevor Hero. Williams has shown excellence both professionally and personally with a full spectrum of roles and her outspoken support towards marriage equality, adoption rights for same-sex parents and furthering arts education.
Listen to her speech here:
The event held at Capitale on the Lower East Side brought out several celebrity supporters including presenters and adorable couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Ally Sheedy who announced she is the daughter of a gay mother and a mother of a gay daughter, Dustin Lance Black, hottie from “White Collar” – Matthew Bomer, host for the night Rachael Harris from “The Hangover” and guest B.D. Wong. The hilarious comedian Arden Myrin who can now be seen on Chelsea Lately conducted the live auction and had the audience in laughter, cult cabaret singer Justin Bond opened the show in full drag and Anna Ortiz presented a wonderful tribute to her friend and colleague Vanessa Williams.
Aside from Ms. Williams, the other stand out was a performance by singer Jason Mraz who sang his number one hit, “I’m Yours”. He also performed two other stand out songs while playing acoustic guitar. His refreshing performance moved the crowd to participate in a sing-a-long and give Mraz a standing ovation.
Trevor Project was started by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone. The three of them created the 1994 Academy Award winning short, “Trevor”. The story revolved around a 13 year old boy who attempts to take his life after being rejected by friends for being gay. The movie inspired the three creators to start an organization and lifeline phone service to address teens in similar crisis. To find more about Trevor and to get involved visit their site: www.thetrevorproject.org