Glee’s Gay-Suicide Episode Sparked Record Traffic For The Trevor Project

Last week’s episode of Glee, in which gay ex-bully Karofsky (Max Adler) attempts to take his own life, led to record numbers on The Trevor Project‘s anti-suicide helpline and website.

“What was great about the show is that they worked in conjunction with us so we knew in advance that there was going to in all likelihood be an increase in volume,” Project co-founder Peggy Rajski told EW. “What happened was the volume went up about 300 percent, but we were ready.” The episode dealt specifically with the issue of anti-gay harassment and suicide and featured a Trevor Project PSA with actor Daniel Radcliffe (below).

More than three times the numbers of calls were made to the hotline and more than 10,000 visitors came to, as compared to a more typical 1,500 per day.

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  • dsp

    If only one life was saved by the trevor project, that makes it work. The episode in question was riveting, Karofsky, the big jock, was superbly played by Max Adler. The fact that so many calls were taken at the trevor project shows how much more work needs to be done to help, save, counsel all the beautiful children. Tnhak you trevor project. Will be donating again today!

  • The Real Mike in Asheville

    @dsp: +100%

  • Kurtsa

    The episode in question was a great episode, and I am so glad to see so many youth reaching out. Tho yes it is beautiful and great to see so many seeking aid. This is a double edged sword, as it’s heart breaking to know that so many are treated so poorly and degraded so much that they need the aid. I only wish that one day these youth will have the support and care they so rightfully deserve.

  • Henry Holland

    What I loved about the Karofsky storyline is just one line, about his mom thinking he has a disease and can be cured. I was afraid it was going to be wrapped up in one episode, everyone learns their lesson and it’s all sparkly ponies from there. Nope, a bit more work to do. I just hope they bring the character of Dave back as a semi-regular, he was shown to have some glee club talent, it would be nice it he were in the glee club.

    But no romance with Kurt, no no no no no no.

    Plus, thanks to Daniel Radcliffe for lending his help to the great Trevor Project.

  • Shannon1981

    Glee is doing a great job of telling this story, and hats off to Max Adler for playing his role so well. Thank you Glee, and the Trevor Project, for doing what needs to be done.

  • Sebastian

    Thank you Trevor Project.

    Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself! (author unknown)

  • Glee Fan

    I felt that the story line of Kurt and Karofsky would have been a very interesting and somewhat realistic account of the out homosexual and the repressed homosexual formulating a secret twist (happens alot.

    Love Glee for bringing a more realistic approach towards the struggle to express one self living within a sexual minority and tryingto epress one’s same sex attraction in high school. Well done with the Santana and Kurt story arh as well.

    Emmy worthy performance by Max Adler for sure.

    Would love to see a romantic relationship developed between Kurt and Karofsky. I am not on board with the Blaine and Kurt pairing.. not believable at all!!

    Keep up the good work Trevor Project!!!

    Keep up the good work Glee !!!

    .. and Queerty viral community, part the Glee episode should have spoken to the mean spirited and slanderous message that many are guilty of posting here in the message boards.

    Remember… there are real people on the other side of what you post!!

    Be responsible.. and kind!!

    ( and thats what you missed on GLEE)

  • Mr. Robertson

    @Glee Fan: I agree. Kurt and Karofsky have good chemistry, whereas Kurt and Blaine have no chemistry at all.

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