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The Trevor Project hosted its annual TrevorLive fundraising gala in Los Angeles Sunday night (Nov. 17), and Billboard Pride Magazine Cover Artist and Billboard Music Women in Music Host Hayley Kiyoko was honored with the Youth Innovator Award for her work as an advocate for young LGBTQ people. Kiyoko joined a list of previous honorees including Tyler Oakley, Amandla Stenberg and Jazz Jennings.
"So many LGBTQ youth don't have that same support in their own communities. It is our duty to share our strength to help guide the ones that get lost in the dark. I’m very proud to be standing here today, and I thank you all for continuing to inspire others by existing," she stated in her touching message.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, through a number of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, TrevorChat and TrevorSpace.
“There is still so much more to do. We recently put out research that there are more than 1.8 million LGBTQ young people in the US who seriously consider suicide each year,” said Amit Paley, CEO of The Trevor Project. “One day, we will reach every single one of those young people in crisis. But we’re not there yet. And we don’t have the luxury of growing slowly. We are literally talking about life and death. That is why we need to build a global movement to end suicide among LGBTQ young people now."
Jane Lynch presented the Champion Award to The L Word and Moonlighting actress Cybill Shepherd. “Cybill is being honored tonight because, for many decades, she has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights and full equality," Lynch said. "For years, Cybill Shepherd has been boldly, fearlessly and loudly making the case that everyone deserves acceptance, no matter who they love.”
Additionally, Grace VanderWaal took the stage to perform her heartfelt tune, "Ur So Beautiful." Watch it below.
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