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'Big Brother' Homophobia Sparks Fundraiser For The Trevor Project

The homophobic and racist comments that have consistently dropped out of Big Brother 15 houseguest (and current Head of Household) Aaryn Gries catapulted Sunday's episode of the CBS reality show two the No. 2 most watched show of the day. But the slurs have also prompted another bit of real world success thanks to a project launched by friends of Chicago's Andy Herren, the only openly gay member of this season's Big Brother

From a press release:

Openly gay castmember Andy Herren is all about kindness, laughs and love. While Andy can’t communicate with the outside world besides his participation on the show, his friends can.  That’s why they’ve setup a fundraising page through PlanG to support The Trevor Project and counteract the negativity that’s being promoted by other Big Brother contestants.

The Trevor Project works to end suicides among LGBTQ youth through a variety of programs.  Andy’s friends hope to raise $25,000 to support the nonprofit while the current season airs and will promote using #BB15Equality on social networks.

To date, the campaign has raised $1,000 to benefit the Trevor Project. As Aaryn's reign as Head of Household comes to a close on tonight's episode, the #BB15Equality hashtag is ready to set fire to Twitter and bring Andy's friends even closer to that $25k goal.