Brett Barsky is an actor most well known for his role as Trevor in the 1994 short film ‘Trevor’.
The film follows this young, closeted boy who dreams of nothing more than to be fabulous in a time when being ‘out and proud’ was not the reality it is today for a lot of people. If the title of this film rings a bell to you then here is probably why. The movie inspired what we now know today as the Trevor Project; a suicide prevention hotline for at risk LGBTQ youths in the United States.
The creators of the film were astounded that when preparing to air the movie, there were no suicide prevention hotlines available to youths who might have been facing similar suicidal feelings as Trevor. And so, in 1998, The Trevor Project was born.
Barsky has been in some productions since his break including ‘The Jurer’ (1996), Boys Life 2 (1997) and ‘Daria: Is it College Yet’ (2000). However there’s no doubt that his role as Trevor back in 1994 was his most successful and inspirational role to date. Whilst he doesn’t identify as gay, his role in the production of Trevor had many negative reactions from people alongside the positive.
For more information on the Trevor Project visit www.thetrevorproject.org