NEW YORK — Daniel Radcliffe looks forward to a tolerant world where young people grow up unaffected by differences in sexual orientation.

For the past couple of years, the “Harry Potter” star has been doing his part to make that a reality with his work with The Trevor Project, the leading organization for suicide prevention efforts among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youths.

For his contribution, Radcliffe is being honored with the organization’s Hero Award at a ceremony in New York in June.

“It’s fantastic,” Radcliffe told The Associated Press. “The fact that they think of what I’ve done by promoting awareness of The Trevor Project itself and the issues that it works to promote and help is a great honor.”

The Trevor Hero Award, announced Monday, recognizes a person who serves as an inspiration to sexual minority youths and increases visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, or LGBTQ, community. Past award recipients include screen and stage actor Nathan Lane, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and former Miss America and “Ugly Betty” actress Vanessa Williams.

While privileged to be a part of this group carrying forward the organization’s life-saving work, Radcliffe said he feels a little bashful about it, too.

“The people that are doing the heroic things are the people answering phones 24 hours a day in the Trevor call centers,” he said. “I think that out of everything that I’ve done so far in my career, I think this is absolutely one of the most important, if not the most important, thing that I’m associated with.”

Radcliffe, currently appearing in the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” says audience members often acknowledge his work with the organization.

“I meet people at the stage door every night that thank me for what I’m doing with The Trevor Project,” he said proudly.

Musician Bryan Adams receives a star in stone

LOS ANGELES — Bryan Adams is now enshrined in concrete. The Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and producer got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star Monday in front of the Musicians Institute.

Adams recalled visiting Hollywood Boulevard at 16 and marveling at the stars. He said he was humbled by seeing his own star.

Retired hockey star Wayne Gretzky was on hand for the dedication. Adams sang Canada’s national anthem before Gretzky’s final game.

His hits included “Cut Like a Knife,” “Summer of ’69,” “Run to You” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.”

‘Dancing’ opens season

LOS ANGELES — The 12th season of “Dancing With the Stars” is under way.

The hit ABC show began its latest season Monday with performances by its new cast of 11 stars. Actor

Ralph Macchio was the night’s top scorer with 24 points out of 30. Kirstie Alley came in second place with 23 points.

Radio host Mike Catherwood finished last with 13 points. Talk-show host Wendy Williams did one point better.

The other contestants are actress Chelsea Kane, singer Romeo, reality star Kendra Wilkinson, model Petra Nemcova and athletes Sugar Ray Leonard, Hines Ward and Chris Jericho.

All will dance again March 28. One contestant will be eliminated from the show March 29.