Magazine article Variety

Booster Club

Magazine article Variety

Booster Club

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While "Glee" has certainly raised the conciousness of primetime auds regarding the importance of music programs in schools and acceptance of LGBT teens, the Gleeks in the cast and behind the scenes live those beliefs offscreen, supporting music education, theater nonprofits and organizations in the LGBT community.

Nonprofits Education Through Music, Trevor Project, Project Limelight and the Grammy Foundation are among the causes that have benefited from the show's cast, creators and crew's time and energy.

When "Glee's" Dave (Max Adler) was outed as gay on the show's "suicide episode" in 2012, nonprofit Trevor Project was there to handle calls from people in the audience perhaps finding themselves in Dave's shoes.

The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people, had worked with the show ahead of the episode's airing, and saw a rise in Web traffic and calls that night. It also aired a PSA starring Daniel Radcliffe during the episode.

But a big thrust of the series is that arts in schools do matter - yet arts education is usually the first thing to come under the budget knife, and that's where "Glee" has stepped in. …

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