On Sunday night, Katy Perry was honored with the Trevor Hero Award for her work empowering LGBTQ youth at the Hollywood Palladium.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and each year they honor a certain celebrity and this year Katy Perry was chosen.
Executive director and CEO of the charity Abbe Land stated that they chose Katy because, “We’re honoring her because, really, she has done so much to empower youth. A couple years ago when, unfortunately, a lot of young suicides made the news … and there was a very visible presence of suicide, Katy stepped up and was out there in the community, speaking against it. Her support of marriage equality — and equality for everyone, really — is one of the many reasons we’re supporting her as our hero this year.”
Land added, “Her song Firework is all about empowering youth to just be who they are, and that’s what we try to do is make sure that when a young person reaches out to us. We are there to say, “The way you are is perfect. Just be the way you are.”
Perfect message. Congratulations to Katy on her award and her work for The Trevor Project!
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