Daniel Radcliffe to get Trevor Award for preventing suicides among gays
New York: Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will be honoured with the Trevor Hero Award, for his work to prevent suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
Radcliffe, 21, has worked closely with the Trevor Project over the past few years earning him the group’s Hero Award in a Big Apple ceremony in June.
“It’s fantastic,” the New York Daily News quoted Radcliffe as saying.
“The fact that they think of what I’ve done by promoting awareness of the Trevor Project itself and the issues that it works to promote and help is a great honour,” he stated.
Radcliffe, who has appeared in public service announcements for the group, was quick to point out that the real heroes were those involved in the organization’s day-to-day efforts to save lives.
“The people that are doing the heroic things are the people answering phones 24 hours a day in the Trevor call centres,” he said.
“I think this is absolutely one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that I’m associated with,” he added.
The Trevor Hero Award recognizes someone who serves as an inspiration to sexual minority youths.
The organization was founded in 1998 by filmmakers James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone.
Their 1994 film, ‘Trevor’, about a gay 13-year-old boy who tried to commit suicide after his friends learned of his sexuality, won the Academy Award for Film Short.