Lesbian Jesus Hayley Kiyoko is being honored with the Youth Innovator Award from the Trevor Project for her “commitment to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people.”
According to a press release, the Trevor Project is recognizing the pop star for “using her voice in the music industry to shine a light” on the LGBTQ+ community. The national youth suicide prevention organization particularly spotlighted her video for the 2016 single “One Bad Night,” which raised awareness about violence against trans women. Kiyoko has also her donated the bras that are thrown at her onstage to homeless LGBTQ+ youth and fundraised for the Trevor Project, among other things.
Kikoyo claimed her activism has come from a personal place as a queer woman of color creating space for LGBTQ+ people in the entertainment industry.
“Through songwriting and directing music videos, I have been able to share my personal experiences of love and identity with an audience that has struggled with mainstream representation in pop music over the years,” Kiyoko said in a statement. “My biggest goal is always to inspire hope.”
Kiyoko has certainly lived up to that very high standard. In addition to producing bops like “Gravel to Tempo,” “Curious,” and “I Wish,” the queer anthem “Girls Like Girls,” has over 350 million views on YouTube. Her debut album Expectations peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 and her music has been streamed over 300 million times (which is about the population of the U.S.).
Kiyoko will be honored at the Trevor Project’s Annual Fundraising Gala on November 17 in Los Angeles.
“I’m honored to be recognized by The Trevor Project, an organization that’s helping to bridge the isolation youth feel in crisis,” Kiyoko said. “Growing up I felt the isolation of being different, so I am beyond grateful for the work they do, because creating a safe space can truly help people feel less alone.”
Previous honorees include Amandla Stenberg, Tyler Oakley, and Jazz Jennings. YouTuber and activist Gigi Gorgeous and “the world’s top Beyoncé impersonator” Miss Shalae will also make appearances.
Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of the Trevor Project, said he’s proud to see Kiyoko’s impact recognized alongside these changemakers.
“Hayley embraces her identity as a strength, serving as a role model for LGBTQ+ youth around the world,” Paley said in a statement. “We’re so excited to honor her at TrevorLive LA and celebrate 21 years of saving young LGBTQ+ lives.”