Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Lena Waithe, CW superhero maestro Greg Berlanti and Managing Partner of global consulting firm McKinsey & Company Dominic Barton will be honored by the Trevor Project at their TrevorLIVE gala on June 11 at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City June 11. The three will be recognized for their commitment to supporting The Trevor Project’s mission to provide crisis intervention services and end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people.
Waithe and Berlanti will both be honored with the Hero Award. Waithe made history in 2017 when she became the first woman of color to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her episode of Master of None titled “Thanksgiving.” Based on her own personal experience, the episode chronicles her coming out to herself and her family, through the lens of the Thanksgiving holiday over three decades. After years of working in the industry, Waithe’s star continues to rise with her critically acclaimed Showtime series The Chi as well as her recent role in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Ready Player One. To add to all of that, her pilot Twenties, based on her twenties and how she navigated her first decade of living in Los Angeles, has been picked up by TBS.
Berlanti has become the Godfather of the tapestry of CW series based on DC comics. He is the executive producer and co-creator of Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. He also serves as executive producer on The CW’s Riverdale, Black Lightning, as well as NBC’s Blindspot. On the big screen, Berlanti made recently directed the critically acclaimed Love, Simon, an adaptation of the acclaimed YA novel Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Barton, who will receive the 20/20 Visionary Award, is a top management thinker and advocate for empowering talent to create long-term economic and social value. As the Global Managing Partner of consulting firm McKinsey & Company, he seeks to empower young, ambitious individuals to make a difference in business and society, working with McKinsey’s thousands of clients around the world across the private, public, and social sectors.
Previous TrevorLIVE honorees and performers include Tom Ford, Kristin Chenoweth, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Arianna Huffington, Sir Ian McKellan, Queen Latifah, Amy Poehler, Darren Criss, Mary J. Blige, Cheyenne Jackson, and others.