STAGE TUBE: Daniel Radcliffe to LGBT Youth: 'Be Proud of Who You Are'
Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, who will make his return to Broadway Next Year in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, recently became a spokesperson for The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing education and support for young LGBT or questioning youth. BroadwayWorld brings you his new promo ad for the organization below, encouraging everyone to "be proud of who you are."
Says Radcliffe to MTV: "It's something I've always been quite passionate about...Because I grew up around gay men, it was always a natural thing to me. It was never something I ever gave a second thought to. And now I am in a position where I can help an amazing thing like the Trevor Project."
Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing the title role in all five of the "Harry Potter" films to date, and will star again in the remaining titles. He recently made his Broadway debut, to much acclaim, in EQUUS. EQUUS also starred Richard Griffiths, with whom Daniel appeared in the highly successful production of the play in London's West End and in the Harry Potter films as well. Radcliffe won BroadwayWorld.com 's 2009 Theatre Fans' Choice Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role in EQUUS.
The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life. Established in 1998 to coincide with the HBO airing of the award winning short film, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, The Trevor Helpline is the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline is a free and confidential service that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7 (866-4-U-TREVOR). In addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention helpline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization's Web site, and also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents. For more information, visit thetrevorproject.org/.