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Harry Potter star helps gay teens

danielradcliffeHarry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe (pictured left) has become the new public face for The Trevor Project – a US-based campaign which focuses on suicide prevention among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teenagers. Announcing his support for the project, which operates a 24/7 helpline for trouble youngsters in the United States, Radcliffe explained that, “My parents were actors and actresses and were involved in the film industry and consequently I grew up knowing a lot of gay men and it was never something that I even thought twice about; some men were gay and some weren’t.”

Explaining what his support of the project would entail, he said, “It’s very straightforward really, it’s just me giving the phone number and the website address and telling people what The Trevor Project is and what it does. It’s a 24-hour helpline for anyone who’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning youth to call.”

“I think it’s important for someone from a big, commercial movie series like Harry Potter, and particularly as I’m not gay or bisexual, the fact that I’m straight shows that straight people are interested and care a lot about this as well, that you don’t just have to be gay to take an interest. This is for me, probably the thing I’m most passionate about.”


Posted: 3 March 2010
Photo © The Trevor Project

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