Singer-songwriter, Katy Perry, is to be honoured with a ‘Hero Award’ from the US suicide prevention organisation, The Trevor Project.
The charity, which works with LGBT youth to prevent suicide by offering support over the telephone and online, will be presenting the award to the Wide Awake star at its annual gala event in Hollywood, to be directed by Adam Shankman, on 2 December.
A statement from the Trevor Project read that Ms Perry would receive the award “for empowering youth and increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.
“As an ally for the LGBTQ community, Perry has supported equality and the freedom to marry. She inspires LGBTQ youth to find their spark through her video “Firework.” Perry strives to let youth know they have value, and by being themselves, they can be anything.”
Katy Perry made a statement on being honoured with the award:
“Everyone deserves a wonderful, fulfilled life. Our sexual orientation or gender identity doesn’t change the spark and beauty within,
“I’m honoured that The Trevor Project has selected me to receive the Trevor Hero Award. Their work has inspired me since 2010, and I know they help save lives.”
Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of the Trevor Project also made a statement:
“The Trevor Project is proud to honour Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award. Her message inspires and empowers youth to know they have value and that they are deserving of equality, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
In a 2011 video, Katy Perry paid tribute to the late Freddie Mercury on the day of what would have been his 65th birthday. In it, she said: “Happy 65th birthday Freddie, we love you so much. Even though you’re gone, you’re not really gone – you’ve inspired us all and you inspired me especially.”