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The Trevor Project is a nonprofit aimed at ending suicide among LGBTQ youth, and its previous honorees include Tom Ford and Kristin Chenoweth. The organization is recognizing Pose for featuring the largest transgender series-regular cast, with five actresses, and for comprising the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series.
The full cast includes Evan Peters, MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter, Indya Moore, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross, Angel Bismark Curiel, Dyllon Burnside, Jason Rodriguez, Jeremy McClain, Kate Mara, Charlayne Woodward, James Van Der Beek and Sandra Bernhard. The series is created and written by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, with Janet Mock and Our Lady J also serving as writers.
“I’m thrilled to be honored by The Trevor Project alongside the cast of Pose,” said Murphy. “We’re extremely supportive of the work that this extraordinary organization does to help LGBTQ young people in need feel heard and valued.”
Added Amit Paley, The Trevor Project’s CEO and executive director: “Ryan Murphy and the cast of Pose have had a tremendous impact on the lives of young LGBTQ people over the past year. We’re incredibly excited to honor them for their dedication to creating a community of openness and inclusiveness for LGBTQ youth through their innovative work and leadership. We’re honored that they will join us at TrevorLIVE Los Angeles as we join together to continue The Trevor Project’s critical and life-saving work.”
The announcement comes three days after The New York Times published a Department of Health and Human Services memo it obtained that would legally define gender based on the genitalia one is born with. The new definition would dissolve federal recognition of transgender people. Since the news, many stars such as Laverne Cox and Lady Gaga have criticized the current administration for attempting to erase protections for the transgender community.
Paley spoke about the report as well: “Implementing a harmful policy with an erroneous foundation that doesn’t acknowledge transgender or intersex people goes against the best practices of the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, WPATH, leading education advocates and others. This policy would be extremely dangerous for people who have pursued social and physical transition in a variety of public environments such as schools, locker rooms, health-care settings and much more. Nearly half of all transgender people have made a suicide attempt, many before the age of 25 and who report experiencing rejection. A government’s erasure of transgender identities and intersex people is a form of that rejection on a large scale. The Trevor Project hears from transgender youth in crisis across the country every day, and we continue to see a significant rise in contacts from young people who identify as transgender or nonbinary over the last year, now making up over 30 percent of our total crisis volume. The Trevor Project wants transgender youth to know that they are not alone, their identities are valid and we will always fight to keep them safe.”
The gala will take place Dec. 2 at the Beverly Hilton. Pose was renewed for a second season earlier this year.
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