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Crystal Chappell (Carly, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; Gina, VENICE; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) has been named the newest Ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), an organization which creates a safe and supportive environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth can reach their full potential. HMI offers these vulnerable teenagers and young adults aged 12-21 creative after-school programs, support services and referrals.
Chappell -- who played one half of GL's wildly popular same-sex supercouple Otalia during the end of the soap's run -- recently visited the HMI-run Harvey Milk High School in New York City. Through both her own efforts and those of her devoted fans, the institute has received hundreds of donations and in-kind gifts from individuals, and even Starbuck's coffee! The Emmy winner joins fellow Ambassadors including Tim Gunn, Heather Matarazzo, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Verdi and B.D. Wong in raising awareness about HMI and their goal that no young person feel ashamed of who they are, and that each one of them deserves a safe, supportive space to grow and thrive. For more information on the Hetrick-Martin Institute, visit www.hmi.org.