VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Covers Swift's 'Shake It Off' at TrevorLIVE Benefit
Last Sunday night at the Hollywood Palladium, The Trevor Project celebrated 16 years of its life-saving, life-affirming work, which provide crisis INTERVENTION and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and young adults. The high-profile annual event, TrevorLIVE Los Angeles, was presented by Wells FARGO and hosted by Jennifer Coolidge.
At the event, Jesse Tyler Ferguson took on Taylor Swift's single "Shake It Off" from her hit LP "1989", explaining to the crowd, "If there's anything that I learned from my 1989 it's that-well, I was a 14-year-old closeted gay kid in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a Catholic school-so I learned to not care what people think, to be the courage to be who I wanted to be and right now I want to be a country-to-pop-crossover-sensation." Watch the performance below!
The Trevor Project bestowed the Trevor Hero Award to NBC Entertainment's Chairman, Robert Greenblatt, for his ongoing support of the LGBTQ community; Yahoo with the 20/20 Visionary Award, for its efforts to advance an empowering future-focused message for LGBTQ young people and its allies nationwide; and Skylar Kergil, a transgender artist, musician and Youtube personality, with the Youth Innovator Award for his passions surrounding LGBTQ rights and advocacy in the community.
TrevorLIVE featured performances by: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Darren Criss, Alex Newell, Melora Hardin, Marc Shaiman, Ty Herndon and Anita Cochran, Mia Pfirrman and Jessica Sanchez. The event also included special appearances by: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Kudrow, Brittany Snow, Wentworth Miller,Kelly Osbourne, Kellan Lutz, Monica Lewinsky, Molly Ringwald, Kiernan Shipka, Billy Eichner, Adam Scott, Beth Behrs, Jay R. Ferguson, Jason Collins, George Kotsiopoulos, Alexandra Billings, Jack Falahee, Matthew Moy, Pauley Perrette, Matt McGorry, Nolan Gould, Ian Harvie, Michael Gladis, Ryan Eggold, Zackary Drucker, Phoebe Tomkin,Paul Wesley, Kevin Zegers, Harry Shum Jr., Elisabeth Rohm, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. Adam Shankmanonce again served as Executive Producer and Director.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis INTERVENTION and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, INSTANT MESSAGE and text messaging crisis INTERVENTION services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more atTheTrevorProject.org.
Photo Credit: Getty on Behalf of The Trevor Project