Comedian Wanda Sykes Will Host 2014 TrevorLIVE, Directed by Adam Shankman
24 Apr 2014
Five-time Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes will host the 2014 TrevorLIVE June 16 in New York at the Marriott Marquis. "Rock of Ages" director Adam Shankman will helm the evening.
The Trevor Project will honor YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley with the Trevor Youth Innovator Award, presented by Wells Fargo, for his work to promote acceptance for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth and a greater understanding of suicide prevention. Goldman Sachs will also be honored with the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award, which will be accepted by chief information officer Marty Chavez.
"We are proud to announce our first two honorees at TrevorLIVE, Tyler Oakley and Goldman Sachs. For nearly five years, Tyler has been involved with The Trevor Project, using his skills and talents to empower LGBTQ youth to be proud of who they are, and to share life-saving, life-affirming messages of support," said Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project, in a statement. "Trevor 20/20 Visionary honoree, Goldman Sachs does a lot of positive work in the LGBT community, earning the company a 100% rating on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, and for several years, the active LGBT Network at Goldman Sachs has served The Trevor Project to help our suicide prevention programs grow.
"In addition to amazing honorees, we are very excited that Adam Shankman, who has directed this event in Los Angeles since 2011, will be applying his creative skills to TrevorLIVE NY. Together with Wanda Sykes' wit and comedic genius, TrevorLIVE NY is bound to be a very entertaining evening."
Special guests and the Trevor Hero Award honoree will be announced at a later date.
TrevorLIVE is the premier gala event benefiting The Trevor Project. Presented annually in both New York and Los Angeles, the evening of music, comedy and entertainment will celebrate 15 years of The Trevor Project's life-saving, life-affirming work to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.