Daniel Radcliffe honored by anti-suicide Trevor Project
Daniel Radcliffe was recently honored by The Trevor Project, which leads in suicide prevention efforts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths.
The "Harry Potter" star was presented with the Trevor Hero Award by John Larroquette, his co-star in the Broadway musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," at the group's annual ceremony in New York on Monday, June 27, Broadwayworld.com reported.
The award is given to a person who increases visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. Radcliffe has supported the organization and appeared in public service announcements since 2009.
"I've worked with the Trevor Project for a few years now and I think out of everything I've done in my career so far, my association with Trevor is the thing I'm proudest of, so to be honored tonight, it's tremendous although I do have a slight problem with kind of owning my title of 'hero,'" Radcliffe told the television show "Access Hollywood" at the event. "I don't see myself as having done anything heroic. But it's a wonderful thing."
The event occurred days after New York State legalized same-sex marriage, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia.
"New York can be very happy - it will now find itself on the right side of history," Radcliffe said. "The fact that now children who growing up ... are thinking they might be gay - the fact that they will be able to look to an older generation and see that gay marriage and family life as a gay man is totally possible and normal means hopefully that they wont feel that they have to hide who they are."
Other celebrities who received the Hero Award in the past include actor Nathan Lane, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and actress Vanessa Williams.
Radcliffe has appeared in the Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" since previews began in February. In the musical, Radcliffe's character is a window washer who uses the titular book to climb the ranks at the World Wide Wickets Company in New York City.
Radcliffe can be seen next in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which sees the final showdown between teen wizard Harry Potter and the evil wizard Voldemort. Part 1 was released on November 19 and the second part will hit theaters on on July 15, 2011.
Radcliffe is also set to star in the film "The Woman in Black," based on the book by Susan Hill. In the movie, set for release on October 28, Radcliffe portrays Arthur Kipps, a lawyer who travels to a village to settle the estate of a deceased client and discovered the place is haunted by the ghost of a scorned woman out for revenge.