Toyota and student Adam White to be awarded at this year’s Trevor LIVE LA Gala

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Each year, The Trevor Project holds a grand benefit, Trevor LIVE LA, complete with music, comedy, and other entertainment to raise funds for the prevention of LGBTQ teen suicide. Audi and Wells Fargo will present this year’s event on Sunday, December 8.

Senior Adam White of Brigham Young University (BYU), a Mormon college, will receive the 2013 Trevor Youth Innovator Award. The Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award will go to Toyota. 

“The Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award honors Toyota for all the support they’ve given to the LGBTQ community, specifically for the work they’ve done with youth outreach,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of the Trevor Project. “Adam is an example of this support and a bona fide Trevor Youth Innovator, who works through his faith to ensure other LGBTQ Mormons find safety, community, and acceptance. Our dynamic honorees serve to teach the greater community about what it means to break boundaries and stereotypes to benefit LGBTQ youth everywhere.”

The Trevor Project grants the Youth Innovator Award to an LGBT person or ally under the age of 25, who supports, inspires, and empowers LGBT youth. Adam, this year’s recipient, is also a part of the Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Committee.

Toyota has been selected to receive the Trevor 20/20 Visionary Award based on its public support to the LGBT community and its work to “advance an empowering future-focused message for LGBT young people and their allies nationwide,” according to a Trevor Project press release. Toyota’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is cemented in its company policies. A Diversity Advisory Board aims to ensure that Toyota shape and maintain diversity.

In 2001, Toyota launched the Toyota 21st Century Diversity strategy—a multi-billion dollar investment that includes human resources, procurement, minority advertising, dealership development, community support and strategic oversight. Since its introduction, Toyota has doubled annual spending with diverse suppliers and increased its hiring of minority and women owned Toyota dealerships.

“Our commitment to diversity is part of every area of our business,” reads the Toyota website’s Diversity Page. “Everything we do is rooted in two fundamental principles: respect for people and continuous improvement. Our appreciation for diversity is a direct result of respect for our employees, business, partners and customers we serve.”

In January 2002, Toyota became one of the first major auto companies to provide domestic partnership benefits. The company has also been given a perfect score each of the past five years from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index report—HRC regards Toyota as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“Toyota is incredibly proud of the partnership we have built with the Trevor Project and we take particular pride in our support of the Trevor Youth Advisory Committee,” said the President and CEO of Toyota Financial Services, Mike Groff. “Our commitment to supporting the LGBT community is part of Toyota’s core belief in the value of promoting diversity in every area of our business. We are incredibly honored to be recognized by the Trevor Project and to be part of such a meaningful evening.”

TrevorLIVE LA 2013 will begin at 5:30, on the evening of December 8. Tickets can be purchased on the Trevor Project website. A variety of ticket options are available (both individual seats and tables), and range from $200 to $25,000. All proceeds go to the benefit of LGBTQ youth.

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