Friends donating proceeds from auction to LGBT youth suicide prevention charity

by Jordyn Pair · Nov 29th, 2019 10:49 am

The TV show Friends will be donating the proceeds from an upcoming auction of props and costumes from the show to a LGBT youth suicide prevention charity.

The auction, which will run from December 3 to 17, will sell more than 100 items like the Central Perk couch, Ross' armadillo costume, and Hugsy, Joey's penguin cuddly toy. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Trevor Project, a charity aimed at preventing the suicide of LGBT youth.

Although spokespeople from the show have not officially drawn a connection, some are speculating that the donations may be a way of making up for some jokes that could be taken as homophobic or transphobic.

The show has been criticized in the past for jokes like Ross asking a male nanny if he was gay and making Chandler's father, who is transgender, the butt of jokes.

The auction will coincide with the show's 25th anniversary. Friends began airing in 1994 and ran until 2004.