The Ladies of Trevor Live

At Trevor Live, the gala and concert raising funds for the Trevor Project held at LA's Hollywood Palladium last night, the ladies were lighting up the red carpet. SheWired was there to catch all the action.
By: Sunnivie Brydum
December 03 2012 3:31 PM

Despite looming rainclouds, last night the stars turned out in force to support the Trevor Project's annual fundraising gala and concert, Trevor Live, held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. In addition to a litany of handsome men — including The New Normal's Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha, Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Glee's Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, and Matthew Morrison — the red carpet also hosted a litany of lovely ladies, including Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler (who emceed the night as "The Voice of God,"), Ricki Lake, Bebe Wood, Kristen Chenoweth, Anna Kendrick, and Brittany Snow. 

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 24. Every day, the Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential 24-hour hotline, instant messaging services, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Trevor Live is the Project's largest fundraiser, featuring star-studded performances from the biggest names in TV, music, and film. Last night's events honored Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award for Perry's continued dedication to and advocacy for the LGBT community.

Read on for images and exclusive quotes from some of our favorite leading ladies, including Laura Benati, Pauley Perette, and Naya Rivera.

Laura Benanti perfoms "Children Will Listen" from Into The Woods at Trevor Live.

Laura Benanti on where she spends her time online:

"I love SheWired. I am always on it! Just keep reading SheWired, because it's rad and awesome, and I always agree with everything you say. Like, always. I am super into it."

On why The Trevor Project matters:

"My uncle Bob was a gay man. And he was a drag queen, and he was a Vietnam vet, and he did not get to live his life, in the '60s and '70s, out loud. And being a teenager in Southern Virginia in the 50s and 60s, was pretty damn hard. And being a closeted soldier was pretty darn hard. And then watching all of his friends die in the '80s, was pretty damn hard. And he lost his life pretty early on — he was in his 50s. So, kids who're thinking about ending their life because they don't feel loved, I want them to know that this is a wonderful, wonderful world. And there are tons of people who love and support them. Don't end your life, because it ends so quickly anyway."

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Naya Rivera, who performed a haunting rendition of "Silent Night" at Trevor Live:

"[The Trevor Project] is important to me personally because of the character that I play on Glee, the show that I'm on. A lot of my friends are involved with this and put it on, and this is the second year I get to sing at it. And it's an amazing, amazing cause. It really helps people. It's one of those charities that you can see the help that goes into it."

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Beth Behrs and Pauley Perette on the red carpet

Pauley Perette on the importance of the Trevor Project and why she supports Trevor Live:

"Trevor Project is so amazing. I love them, it warms my heart — all these people coming together, and the whole point is to give support to LGBT youth, and especially those that are in crisis. So, using their voiced and time and events like this, getting the Hollywood community together to say, we care about you. You matter, hang in there. It's a big deal. It's a really amazing organization."

On a personal connection to suicide, and what the Trevor Project might have done for friends she's lost:

"I absolutely do [have a personal connection to suicide.] It's so important, and now with social media and social networking, we have the ability to really reach out into people's homes, into that kid's bedroom when they're sitting there by themselves and feel terrified, and just keep putting it out there, saying all of us are here to support you. All of us."

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Amy Poehler, who emceed as "The Voice of God," with costars and fellow presenters Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza.

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Jane Lynch with wife Laura Embry (left) and Trevor Project Executive Director Abbe Land (right)

Although Glee's Jane Lynch didn't walk the red carpet, she was on hand to introduce fellow Glee star Matthew Morrison, making fun of his hair, and delivering the disappointing news to the gay men in the audience that Morrison is, sadly, straight. "Not for me, of course," Lynch said from the stage. "I'm a carpet-muncher." 

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2012 Trevor Hero Award winner Katy Perry

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Kristen Chenowith and Anna Kendrick performed a stunning duet of "For Good," from the musical Wicked.

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Zoe Saldana presented the Trevor 2020 Award to event sponsor Audi.

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DJ Samantha Ronson spun at Trevor Live's opening reception.

 

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