I had the opportunity to represent The Trevor Project in the parade for SF Pride a couple of months ago and it was super, super cool. I’m sure we are all mostly familiar with The Trevor Project, who they help, and what they do. What I wasn’t aware of when someone asked me that day was, “Who is Trevor?” So made a note to myself to take the time to find out…
From their website:
In 1994, producers Randy Stone and Peggy Rajski saw writer/performer James Lecesne bring to life Trevor, a character he created as part of his award-winning one-man show WORD OF MOUTH. Convinced Trevor’s story would make a wonderful short film, Stone and Rajski invited Lecesne to adapt it into a screenplay. Rajski directed the movie and TREVOR went on to win many prestigious awards including the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film.
The Oscar-winning film eventually launched a national movement. When producer Randy Stone secured an airing on HBO with Ellen DeGeneres hosting, director/producer Peggy Rajski discovered there was no real place for young people like Trevor to turn when facing challenges similar to his. She quickly recruited mental health experts and figured out how to build the infrastructure necessary for a nationwide 24-hour crisis line, and writer James Lecesne secured the funds to start it.
I must admit I felt bad for a minute that I didn’t who Trevor was but now I do and I can have a good, honest answer ready for the next time I’m asked. Find out more about the history of the Trevor Project here!