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A triannual update on the latest happenings at Volume 3, Issue 1 - Winter 2010 CRACKED XMAS 12 LEAVES GUESTS INSPIRED Nearly 1,000 guests enjoyed an evening of irreverent comedy, musical performances and awards on Dec. 6 during Cracked Xmas 12 at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. But The Trevor Project’s largest annual fundraiser was more than just an evening of fabulous entertainment with a star-studded guest list. In addition to the lineup of hilarious comediennes and incredible musical sets, guests heard inspiring stories from several remarkable people. Ernesto Dominguez, The Trevor Project’s own Youth Advisory Council (YAC) member, spoke to the audience about his experience as a queer young person who battled depression and thoughts of suicide. He said that calling The Trevor Helpline ultimately saved his life. Ernesto’s story was one of coming full circle with The Trevor Project, from calling the helpline for support in his time of crisis to his current role on the YAC. Another deeply moving moment at Cracked Xmas 12 was Kimra Martin’s story about her son Ben, who tragically died by suicide last year. Although Kimra was accepting of her son and loved him as he was, she said that Ben needed more than that. She told the audience she wished Ben had known about The Trevor Project, as she believes it could have saved his life. Both Kimra and Ernesto received standing ovations after speaking; their dedication as advocates for LGBTQ youth greatly moved the audience. Award presentations were also an important part of the evening, with Neil Patrick Harris receiving The Trevor Life Award and AT&T receiving The Trevor Hope Award. “Being the real me has turned out quite swell,” said Neil as he accepted his award. “This lifetime award makes me feel very proud but very old,” he added with a smile. Other highlights from the show included musical performances by Vanessa Carlton, Marc Shaiman and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and comedy sets by Carol Leifer and hostess Caroline Rhea. Cracked Xmas 12 was chaired by Jeffrey Paul Wolff and Scott Zimmerman. The event raised more than $420,000 for The Trevor Project. Dustin Lance Black and Neil Patrick Harris Join Board of Directors The Trevor Project is pleased to announce the addition of two prominent new members to its Board of Directors. Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Emmy Award®-nominated actor Neil Patrick Harris were elected to the Board in January. Black and Harris are ardent supporters of The Trevor Project. Both attended the Circle of Hope Garden Party last year, and Black was the recipient of the Trevor Hero Award at Trevor New York in June. “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,” said Black. Neil Patrick Harris, a friend of The Trevor Project’s late co-founder Randy Stone, was presented with The Trevor Life Award at Cracked Xmas 12 in December. Both awards annually honor individuals who are inspirations to LGBTQ youth. “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,” said Harris. The Trevor Project’s 30-person Board of Directors unites leaders from diverse personal and professional backgrounds to govern the organization and help further its mission and financial goals. 1

Trevor News - Winter 2010

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