LGBTQ icon and marriage equality plaintiff Edie Windsor will be honored with the Icon Award at the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala.
The annual fundraising event supports the efforts of The Trevor Project, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth.
“Edie has proven herself to be a true pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ rights for decades,” Trevor Project Interim Executive Director Steve Mendelsohn said in a statement to HuffPost. “She has fought relentlessly for marriage equality, and remains a trailblazer and inspiration to the LGBTQ community across the world. We’re honored and delighted to present The Trevor Project’s Icon Award to Ms. Windsor for exemplifying leadership with strength, poise, courage and fearlessness.”
Windsor was at the heart of United States v. Windsor, a case that led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and open the doors for same-sex couples to receive the full legal benefits of marriage.
“Being honored by The Trevor Project is a very big deal for me,” Windsor said. “I’m thrilled and humbled to be recognized by an organization that does so much for our LGBTQ young people. The fact that The Trevor Project continues year after year to be there 24/7 helping prevent suicide and averting crisis gives us all a future we can believe in.”
Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds is also slated to be honored at the 2017 TrevorLIVE New York fundraising gala, being named Trevor Hero Honoree. Imagine Dragons will also perform at the June 19 event, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
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