Earlier this year, MTV News was on hand as "Harry Potter" star [article id="1632811"]Daniel Radcliffe recorded a public-service announcement[/article] for the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization focused on crisis support and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youths.
"It's something I've always been quite passionate about," the British actor explained to us after the shoot. "Because I grew up around gay men, it was always a natural thing to me. It was never something I ever gave a second thought to. ... And now I am in a position where I can help an amazing thing like the Trevor Project."
Radcliffe's charitable effort has now debuted online. "If you're feeling helpless or hopeless, there's always a safe place to turn," he says in the PSA.
Anyone can call the organization's number — (866) 4-U-TREVOR — for free and confidential support. "You can talk to someone 24 hours a day," the actor says.
"There are about 160 people in total who work around the clock, and that number is obviously growing over time. It is an incredible thing," Radcliffe told MTV News. "I was talking to one of the [volunteers], who said, 'I hate the fact that this needs to exist.' But it's so important that it does."
Founded by the filmmakers of an Oscar-winning short film called "Trevor," the Trevor Project is the leading national organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youths. The group's prevention hotline and trained counselors have helped save lives and sought to foster safe, inclusive environments for at-risk youth at homes and schools. Their message — and Radcliffe's — is a simple and powerful one.
As the actor says in the PSA: "Be proud of who you are."
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