The Trevor Project, the organization focused on ending suicide among LGBTQ Youth, honored Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth and filmmaker-designer Tom Ford at its December 3 gala, TrevorLIVE at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California.
One of the high points of the gala came when 11-year-old Joshua Turchin sang “Stranger,” a heartfelt song from Trevor the Musical, which recently completed an extended run at the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois.
The song has lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis. Based on an Oscar-winning short film, Trevor: The Musical tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who realizes he is homosexual and faces prejudice from his parents and friends. Turchin has been featured in two national tours of A Christmas Story the Musical, and appeared in the YouTube video “What’s a Jew to Do on Christmas?” singing the number, which he composed himself.
The musical has been mentioned for a Broadway run.
Among other services, The Trevor Project operates a hotline for young people experiencing suicidal thoughts, at 1-866-488-7386.
The Trevor Project CEO and executive director Amit Paley called Chenoweth and Ford “true role models for LGBTQ young people and allies.” He said, “Kristin has consistently and unequivocally voiced her support of LGBTQ equality and is a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project. The awareness and support Tom and Kristin bring to The Trevor Project's programs will help us save even more LGBTQ young lives.”
Chenoweth, whose Broadway roles include the original Glinda in Wicked, and who currently co-stars on TV’s American Gods, said, “I can't believe I’m sharing company with the great artist Tom Ford. We both have similar beliefs and come from a place that loves everybody. I’ve tried to show it to the world through my music, and Mr. Ford certainly does it through his designs and filmmaking.”