Daniel Radlcliffe's Big Gay Award

By: Brodie
3.23.2011

Daniel Radcliffe is being honored with the Trevor Project’s Hero Award for his work as a spokesperson for the LGBT youth crisis support organization since 2009.

The talented and compassionate star, known best as Harry Potter, says of his work with Trevor Project, "Out of everything that I've done so far in my career, I think this is absolutely one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that I'm associated with."

Radcliffe gave a one of a kind interview in OUT magazine when he appeared on a recent cover. The star spoke freely in a eye-opening, charming chat with his friend, trans singer-songwriter Our Lady J, about politics, his work with Trevor Project, Broadway, Potter, and more.

Check out an excerpt from their revealing chat:

Our Lady J: Traveling the world, I’ve noticed that people are just so ecstatic that Obama is in office. And in the LGBTQ community, he’s making baby steps. But is there anything you would like to see for the LGBTQ community around the world, not just in the U.S. or the U.K.?
Daniel Radcliffe: Well, obviously, in general terms, yes. The world needs to become better educated, but I would defer to you slightly on that, J, because I would never profess to be an expert. What would be high on your priority list?

YoungHollywoodRafcliffe1OLJ: Well, I was impressed that Obama declared June national LGBT month, because change begins with education. But he also extended benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, which is a pretty big deal. And then the U.S. State Department has a new policy that allows transgender people to change the genders on their passport to match their identity, rather than their sex, which I’m completely relieved about. It’s a bit of a hassle when you go through an airport.
DR: That really does sound very important and vital to people who are making that transition, because otherwise you presumably, as you say, still have that moment in airports when you’re forced to offer a look of explanation or something, which is totally unnecessary.

OLJ: Exactly. A lot of people keep it light and make a joke of it just to get through. But there have been circumstances where it’s been a little bit more difficult than that. How about your involvement with the Trevor Project? How did that come about?
DR: My family and I have always thought it was best to focus our efforts rather than kind of spreading ourselves too thin across a lot of different organizations -- just really picking things that you care about and really, really believe in, and Trevor absolutely was one of them. And when I got to have a tour of the New York call center, my admiration for the projects, but also for the place and the people, tripled. The systems they have in place, the actual way the call center works on a practical level, is so brilliant and efficient. It’s something I’m very, very proud to be able to be involved with.

Radcliffe also discussed how he copes with fame and opens up about his romantic history to Our Lady J. Read the entire, fascinating story (and see lots more fabulous photos of the ‘Odd Couple’) on Out.com now.

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