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Alan Cumming and MTV’s The N Network to Be Honored at The Trevor Project New York Gala

June 16, 2008

NEW YORK, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Trevor Project (Trevor), the non-profit organization that operates the nation’s only around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth, today announced the recipients of its annual New York honorary awards. Award-winning actor Alan Cumming and The N, the 24-hour network for and about teens, will be honored at the organization’s eighth annual New York City gala, on June 30, 2008 at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Mr. Cumming, whose many film credits include The Anniversary Party, Eyes Wide Shut, and Circle of Friends, and a series regular on Showtime’s hit series The L Word, will receive The Trevor Hero Award. The Trevor Hero Award honors an individual who, through his or her example, support, volunteerism and/or occupation, is an inspiration to gay and questioning youth. Past recipients of The Trevor Hero Award include Tony Award(R)-winning actor Nathan Lane (2007) and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham (2006).

“Alan Cumming’s unique and successful career makes him a wonderful role model for gay and questioning youth, and we are excited to honor him with The Trevor Hero Award,” said Charles Robbins, executive director, The Trevor Project. “From his brilliant performance in Cabaret to his role as host on PBS’s upcoming Masterpiece Mystery! 2008, Alan has been an important and highly visible example to gay and questioning youth.”

“For a long time, I’ve admired the work of The Trevor Project and the support they give to America’s gay youth, so I’m really delighted and honored to be given this award by such a great organization,” said Mr. Cumming. “The Trevor Project really inspired me so this award truly is special, and I will continue to try and further their goals in my life and work.”

The N, whose award-winning television shows including Degrassi: The Next Generation and South of Nowhere have broken new ground in the positive representation of gay and questioning youth, will receive The Trevor Commitment Award. The Trevor Commitment Award honors a company or organization that, through its policies, initiatives and other efforts, demonstrates a commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender causes and is a prominent, public example of corporate acceptance of individuals regardless of sexual orientation. Last year, cable television network Bravo was the inaugural recipient of The Trevor Commitment Award.

“The N increasingly captivates the attention of today’s young people and provides entertainment and solace to gay and questioning youth who may be suffering discrimination at home or at school,” said Mr. Robbins. “The N has further demonstrated its commitment to gay and questioning young people by airing The Trevor Project’s public service announcement, increasing the visibility of our toll-free crisis and suicide prevention Helpline and letting young people know that they are not alone.”

“The N’s commitment to diversity is highlighted in our programming slate, and our programs reflect many issues that real teens grapple with every day,” said Sarah Tomassi Lindman, senior vice president, general manager, The N. “We are honored to receive The Trevor Commitment Award and hope that our work with The Trevor Project continues to help raise awareness for this important organization and create ways for young people to express their feelings and discover they are not alone.”

In 1998, The Trevor Project held its first annual Cracked Xmas fundraising gala in Los Angeles to keep the newly established Trevor Helpline open and available to gay and questioning youth. In 2001, the organization held its first New York fundraiser. The two galas, both now annual events, bring together top entertainers to raise the financial resources necessary to fund the organization’s services.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline, 866-4-U-TREVOR, is a free and confidential service that offers hope through its trained counselors. In addition to the helpline, the organization’s website provides information on identifying and assisting potentially suicidal youth and “Dear Trevor,” a confidential resource where youth can ask questions about sexual orientation and identity issues. The Trevor Project also provides lifesaving guidance and vital resources to educators and parents. The organization was founded by three filmmakers whose film, Trevor, about a teenager who attempts suicide after realizing that he might be gay, received the 1994 Academy Award(R) for Best Short Film (Live Action).

For more information about The Trevor Project, please visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/. The Trevor Project is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

About Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming, host of Midnight Snack on The Sundance Channel and the upcoming Masterpiece Mystery! 2008 series on PBS, boasts a diverse portfolio of professional theater, film, and television credits. From his Tony Award(R)-winning performance in the Broadway revival of Cabaret to his performance in The Threepenny Opera and role as Kurt Wagner in X2: X Men United, and television work in popular programs including The L Word and Sex and the City, Alan has proven himself to be a talented renaissance man in the entertainment world. Alan will next be seen on the screen this year in Full Grown Men on June 25 and on stage this summer at the 2008 Lincoln Center Festival in the North American premiere of National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Euripides’ The Bacchae.

To learn more about Alan’s background, upcoming performances and work, visit http://www.alancumming.com/.

About The N

The N, the 24-hour TV network exclusively for and about teens, is currently available in 64 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite, as well on mobile, VOD and broadband. The N’s distinct perspective connects its audience to the electricity and possibilities of teendom, anytime and anywhere, with original series and ever-popular favorites.

Programming on The N includes the award-winning series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, along with South of Nowhere, Queen Bees, The N’s Student Body and teen acquisitions including Saved By The Bell and That ’70s Show.

The N’s Emmy Award-winning website, The-N.com, paired with sister site Quizilla.com, makes The N the #1 online destination for teens. The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

The Trevor Project

CONTACT: (Media) Jacque Wing, +1-310-271-8845 ext. 226,Jacqueline.Wing@TheTrevorProject.org, or (Event/Ticket Information) JeniferOrtiz, +1-310-271-8845 ext. 225, Jenifer.Ortiz@TheTrevorProject.org, both ofThe Trevor Project

Web Site: http://www.alancumming.com/




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