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For empowering LGBT youth around the world to realize they can "ignite the light and let it shine," pop star Katy Perry received the top honor at the Trevor Project's annual gala on Dec. 3.
The singer, 28, was given Trevor Hero Award from the suicide prevention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth at the star-studded gala held at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday.
Dressed in a floor-length nude sequined gown, Perry was hailed one of showbiz's most exemplary celebrities when it comes to inspiring and empowering her fans.
"A couple years ago when, unfortunately, a lot of young suicides made the news … and there was a very visible presence of suicide, Katy stepped up and was out there in the community, speaking against it. Her support of marriage equality -- and equality for everyone, really -- is one of the many reasons we're supporting her as our hero this year," said the Trevor Project's executive director, Abbe Land.
Land continued: "Her song 'Firework' is all about empowering youth to just be who they are, and that's what we try to do is make sure that when a young person reaches out to us. We are there to say, 'The way you are is perfect. Just be the way you are.'"
Perry humbly accepted the award, giving props to the volunteers who work the hotlines for the Trevor Project.
The "real heroes [in the movement] are the folks at the call centers" speaking to troubled LGBT youth, Perry said, calling those workers "incredibly inspiring."