LeAnn Rimes: the bullying and the hate has to stop
LeAnn Rimes and her husband Eddie Cibrian opened up about bullying at the Trevor Project's annual benefit "Trevor Live" at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday.
The Trevor Project, which leads in suicide prevention efforts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths, garnered much support from the Hollywood community.
"I've had so many of those stories and it's just, for me, it's really about equality and all of these kids deserve a chance at a happy life and an opportunity to live in a free world, where everyone else does," Rimes told OnTheRedCarpet.com at "Trevor Live" on December 4. "The bullying and the hate has to stop, it's so uncalled for and no child should ever be committing suicide."
"Like she said, no human being should ever feel the need to take their own life, no matter if it's sexuality or nationality or race or whatever it is," Cibrian agreed. "I think people should realize that everyone's different and everyone is beautiful in their own right. I think this organization, it's the first of its kind nationally, where someone can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and actually reach a professional to help you get through whatever you're feeling, so it's fun to be here and support that."
The 29-year-old singer acknowledged that many of her fans from the LGBT community have reached out and she wanted to support them at the event.
"I have a lot of fans that come from this community," Rimes said. "And I know how much music means to a lot of them and I've had so many letters and Twitter and so many of these kids have written in and said thank you so much for supporting the gay and lesbian community, your music has saved my life, whatever it may have been, you know, helped me come out to my family."
The Trevor Project honored Lady Gaga with a Hero Award at the holiday gala, for increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. Gaga accepted the award from the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, a teen and Lady Gaga fan who committed suicide in September after being bullied.
"I appreciate this award so much. But truthfully, I am not the hero. The hero is Jamey," Gaga told the audience. "I learned very long ago that my time here on this Earth would not just be for pop singing because I was very blessed to have beautiful fans, like I have in Jamey, like I will always have in Jamey. Thank you so much this award tonight. This means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win."
The annual fundraiser also brought out "Glee" stars Harry Shum and Darren Criss, former "Rachel Zoe Project" star Brad Goreski, Fergie and Josh Duhamel and a slew of other stars (Check out photos from the event).
The gala was produced by "Rock of Ages" director Adam Shankman featured "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler as the emcee. According to the Los Angeles Times, there were also performances by Darren Criss, LeAnn Rimes, Miley Cyrus, Queen Latifah and Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka.
In June, "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe also received the organization's Hero Award. Radcliffe has supported the organization and appeared in public service announcements since 2009.
Additional reporting by Jacob Burch of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).