Trevor

About Trevor, the short film
Trevor is an American short film based on the story written by James Lecesne. A combined production of Peggy Rajski (also the director) and Randy Stone, the film was released to plenty of critical acclaim in the year 1994. Trevor tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who discovers that he’s gay and how he faces rejection from his friends and family. The film was inspired by a particular NPR radio broadcast in which discussions were carried out on the issue of rising teen suicide, laying stress on the fact that one third of those suicides were committed by youth belonging to the LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer) community. The short film received tremendous recognition and was tied up for an Academy Award in the year 1995 in the Best Short Subject category along with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ of Franz Kafka.
Year 1998 saw the creation of The Trevor Project inspired by Trevor the film. The project was about a 24/7 suicide and crisis prevention helpline meant for the LGBTQ community as well as any questioning youth. Let’s tell you a bit more about it.

About The Trevor Project
As mentioned above, the project was founded in the year 1998 by the same people who had created Trevor. The Trevor Project serves as the leading national establishment which provides suicide prevention and crisis prevention services to youth of LGBTQ community, falling in the age bracket of 13-24 years.
The Trevor Project effectively saves a lot of young lives on a daily basis through its confidential, free and accredited instant message, text messaging and telephonic crisis intervention services. The project is by far a leader as well as an innovator in the field of suicide prevention among youth. It also offers a large and safe social networking service for the LBBTQ youth, apart from conducting best practice suicide prevention educational training programs. It also provides the LGBTQ youth and adults with plenty of resources and advocacy initiatives.

About the history and formation of The Trevor Project
Year 1994 saw producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone engaging the performer and writer James Lecesne for bringing to life Trevor, the character he had created as an integral part of his one-man award-winning show titled ‘Word of Mouth’. Thoroughly convinced that the Trevor’s amazing story would make an excellent short film, Peggy and Randy encouraged James for a screenplay adaptation. Peggy took the director’s seat and the end result was Trevor winning several prestigious awards including the Best Live Action Short Film award at the Academy’s.
After the film had aired on HBO along with Ellen DeGeneres, Peggy realized there was actually no real place for young people like Trevor to turn to when they’re faced with similar challenges. She got about the task of engaging mental health experts and figuring out the infrastructure needed for creation of a nationwide 24/7 crisis helpline. This is how the Trevor Project came about and has helped hundreds of thousands of young LGBTQ people since its creation!

How its linked to The Cripple of Inishmaan?
How the play The Cripple of Inishmaan is associated with Trevor and The Trevor Project is that a significant portion of the play’s ticket sales on July 15, 2014 were diverted towards The Trevor Project.