The Trevor Project hosted its semi-annual TrevorLIVE event Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The evening’s star-studded guest list included Lance Bass, “How to Get Away With Murder” star Jack Falahee, Julianne Hough, Matt Bomer, “The Real O’Neals” standout Noah Galvin, and Kathryn Hahn.
Founded in 1997, the Trevor Project aims to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youth across the nation. The benefit provided an opportunity to raise funds and spread awareness of the services offered by the Trevor Project.
The evening also paid tribute to social media site Facebook and Kelly Osbourne for their contributions to the LGBTQ community, as well as YouTube personality Ingrid Nilsen. Nilsen, who was honored with the Digital Innovator Award, noted that the recognition was “very unexpected” but was grateful to the Trevor Project for the astronomical amount of help it provided not only to the public, but to Nilsen herself.
“It was when I came out, and right before I went through the process of coming out, that I was really inspired by the Trevor Project and the people who play very active roles within the foundation,” said Nilsen. “It was comforting to know that there was such a supportive community of my peers.”
The evening began with a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, followed by segments by Margaret Cho, Our Lady J, and more.
Throughout the evening, there was an overwhelmingly negative response to the recent U.S. election, including thunderous “boos” nearly every time President-elect Donald Trump’s name was mentioned on-stage.
However, Nilsen hopes that among short-term goals achieved through the event’s donations, the Trevor Project can provide comfort to those who are scared or are feeling alone following the U.S. election.
“I think what’s happened recently is people feel invisible, they feel like they’ve been left out and they feel scared and nervous about the future,” the YouTuber continued. “I think that if the Trevor Project can provide that comfort and that security, it will inspire all of us to stand up together and speak out.”