Lil Nas X honoured for unflinching commitment to ending LGBT+ youth suicide

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09/02/2021

Lil Nas X is adding another award to his packed mantle after The Trevor Project announced he has been named their suicide prevention advocate of the year. The honour, announced Wednesday (1 September), is the LGBT+ suicide prevention organisation’s first time giving such an award – which is timely given that September is the start is national suicide prevention awareness month in the US. The Trevor Project said in a statement that it wanted to highlight the importance of queer representation in the media, and the “powerful message of visibility and hope it sends to LGBTQ young people”. The group cited Nas’ commitment to ending suicide among queer youth with “his openness about struggling with his sexuality and suicidal ideation, his continued advocacy around mental health issues and his unapologetic celebration of his queer identity”. When accepting the award, Lil Nas X spoke out about how real “discrimination around sexuality and gender identity” is in the modern world and how the LGBT+ community deserves to feel “totally free to be themselves”. “I often get messages from fans telling me about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and it made me realise that this was something bigger than myself,” Nas said.

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