The Trevor Project, a NonProfit Organization that primarily serves LGBTQ youth in crisis, has decided to give Lil Nas X their inaugural Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award. The honour is meant to recognize someone using their platform to help normalize conversations about suicide prevention and mental health among LGBTQ young people.
The 22-year-old rapper and singer, who rose to fame with his record-breaking hit Old Town Road, came out as queer in 2019 after promising himself he would ‘die with the secret.’ Since then, he has offered his fans candid glimpses of how he simultaneously experienced meteoric success and depression and suicidal feelings.
“I often get messages from fans telling me about their struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and it made me realize that this was something bigger than myself,” Lil Nas X said in a press release at The Trevor Project. “If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it.”