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Trevor Project honors Susan Sarandon

June 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- Actor Stanley Tucci presented Oscar winner Susan Sarandon with the Trevor Hero Award at a New York benefit for The Trevor Project Tuesday night.

The organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens and young adults.

Sarandon was honored for being an openly vocal ally for youth and increasing visibility and understanding of LGBTQ community. As an ally for LGBTQ people, Sarandon has supported the freedom to marry as well as funding for HIV/AIDS research and healthcare for patients, and has spoken out about homophobia in the media, the organization said.

"I'm very honored to get this award because The Trevor Project is there at the end of the line with a voice that tells you that you're not alone," Sarandon said. "It is up to us to somehow make it clear that being different is really fabulous."

MTV President Stephen Friedman accepted the Trevor 2020 Award for being a visionary organization that increases the visibility and understanding of LGBTQ issues, and supports the LGBTQ community.

The "Trevor Live" event also featured an appearance by former "Will & Grace" co-stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing, comedy by Judy Gold and a musical performance by fun.

"'Trevor Live' is where entertainment and cultural change collide. Not only do we get to enjoy a night of amazing talent and inspirational honorees, we get to stand in support of the young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth for whom The Trevor Project is the one place they can turn to for support," said Abbe Land, executive director and chief executive officer of The Trevor Project.

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