Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and CNN will be honored at the ninth annual Trevor New York gala on June 29 at Capitale in New York City.
Proceeds from the event will go to the The Trevor Project, a national organization that helps with it’s crisis and suicide prevention efforts in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth community.
Dustin lance Black is the screenwriter of the two time Academy Award winning movie Milk and he will be honored with the Trevor Hero Award which is given to individuals who through their efforts bring inspiration to LGBTQ youth. As well as working on the Milk screenplay, Black is a vocal supporter of the community.
At his Oscar acceptance speech for his work on the movie Milk, Dustin Lance Black said:
“It’s a privilege to be honored by The Trevor Project because its priorities are my own. Its tireless efforts to create and maintain life lines for at risk youth, and its commitment to ensuring all young people are valued, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity are literally lifesaving. It is so important that this country’s youth know that a brighter future filled with equal rights, equal-opportunity, and full acceptance lie ahead. As Harvey Milk so often said, ‘We gotta give ’em hope,’ and The Trevor Project is filling that need.”
CNN is being honored for The Trevor Commitment Award. CNN has been a media leader in covering issues affecting the LGBTQ community by doing so both fairly and factually. Soledad O’Brien a CNN anchor and special correspondent, will accept the award on the network’s behalf.