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Openly bisexual actress Cara Delevigne is set to be feted by The Trevor Project with The Hero Award for her commitment to the LGBTQ community. The awarding is to be held during the annual TrevorLive New York gala, which is going to be held on June 17. Sir Ian McKellen, Lena Waithe, the cast of Pose, and Ryan Murphy are some of the award’s past recipients.

Speaking to Vogue, Delevingne said she was “humbled” by the choice and vowed to continue using her fame to further her advocacy.

“A hero to me is someone who stands up for what they believe in and helps to make change to benefit those who are underserved or discriminated against. I am aware of the platform I have and take the responsibility of what I choose to lend my voice to seriously,” she said. “I’ve prided myself on living my own personal truth, as well as working to hear the voices of the wonderful young people I get to be surrounded by, both in real life and through social media.”

Delevingne also told Vogue that she hopes people struggling with their experiences can look to her and find a compassionate ear.

“I strive to acknowledge those who feel like they don’t fit into a box and work very hard to make sure that those who are struggling know that there is someone listening and someone who can help,” she said. “I’m inspired by the Trevor Project’s tireless, lifesaving work to support LGBTQ youth in crisis, and I extremely proud to be a part of such a resilient community.”

The CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project, Amit Paley, said that the organization was “grateful to Cara for using her voice to inspire so many young people in the LGBTQ community.”

 “The Trevor Project hears from young LGBTQ people every day who draw hope and inspiration from their idols—especially when those idols openly share their personal experiences and messages of support like Cara—because it reminds [them] that they are not alone,” he said.

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