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Joaquin Phoenix to Produce Documentary Featuring LGBT Teens On a Journey to Summer Camp: VIDEO

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Joaquin Phoenix will soon be teaming up with Be More Heroic and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding to produce CAMP: The Documentary – a film that will follow twenty diverse teens as they journey to California to attend a leadership summer camp next month.

GLAAD reports:

Camp more[Camp MORE’s] purpose is to work with teens in an intimate setting and inspire societal change and progress by starting with the youth.  Viewers will watch as the campers participate in experiential workshops, resolve conflicts, overcome personal challenges, form friendships, build confidence and ultimately become compassionate leaders and heroes.

An Indiegogo campaign was launched last week to help raise $40,000 for the film’s production costs. 

Check out a trailer for the film, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rally for Homeless LGBT Youth Tonight in NYC: VIDEO

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There is a rally this evening for LGBT Homeless Youth in Washington Square Park in NYC. Details HERE:

The National Coalition for the Homeless and the Ali Forney Center have joined together to launch the National Campaign for Youth Shelter, a collaboration that will build a grassroots campaign to demand a national response to youth homelessness.

On Monday, June 2nd the National Campaign for Youth Shelter will hold a rally in New York City to launch the campaign as a priority within the LGBT movement. LGBT youth are disproportionately over-represented in the homeless youth population, with as many as 40% of the nation's homeless youth being LGBT, while only 5% of the overall youth population is LGBT.

Currently, there are only approximately 4,000 youth shelter beds in the United States, yet as many as 500,000 unaccompanied youths experience homelessness each year.

Watch longtime activist and Towleroad contributor David Mixner talk about the need to help our homeless LGBT youth, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Documentary Takes Aim At LGBT Prejudice, HIV/AIDS Awareness In American Heartland: VIDEO

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"Broken Heart Land," a new documentary airing this month on World Channel's program American ReFramed, invests in an in-depth look at one teen's story in order to shed light on LGBT prejudice and a lack of awareness of HIV/AIDS in middle America. Focused on Oklahoman teenager Zack Harrington, who took his life in 2010, "one week after attending a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month," the documentary seems to be an emotional and intimate look at the way tragedies deeply impact the communities in which they occur.

HuffPost reports:

"Even though we live in a slightly more progressive world where gay rights issues and HIV/AIDS education have made notable strides in many large cities, Zack's tragic story is representative of hundreds of young gay teens all over Bible Belt, conservative small towns across America who are still wrestling with feelings of shame," [directors] Jeremy and Randy Stulberg said in a statement. "We hope that through the film we will be able to start a dialogue across the country in the same way that the Harringtons have done in Norman, Oklahoma and hopefully prevent future suicides from teens in smaller towns who may feel hopeless."

You can watch the documentary on World Channel when it airs on June 24th, or catch its world premiere at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, June 21st.

For now, check out the highly emotional trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Plea to Pope Francis on Behalf of Homeless LGBT Youth Appears in Full-Page 'NYT' Ad

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Faith in America has taken out a full-page ad in today's New York Times to make an impassioned plea to Pope Francis on behalf of homeless LGBT youth. The letter to the Pope is written by Carl Siciliano, the executive director of the Ali Forney Center, NYC's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth.

Read the ad HERE.

GoldWrites Faith in America founder Mitchell Gold in a press release:

"So much has been accomplished for LGBT legal equality….now we hope the next wave will be an all-out effort for LGBT spiritual equality…one that will especially protect vulnerable teens….and one that will enable all legislation to be passed. Just imagine for a moment if so many of the kids that have killed themselves did not grow up being taught that homosexuality was sinful….if when they came out to their parents they were totally embraced rather than being told they were “disappointed” and needed counseling….if they felt they had family and church to turn to?

"I’ve come to see that in the final analysis it is this “sin” hurdle that is the basis for too many to be against LGBT equality and it is clearly one of the most harmful parts of an LGBT teen’s life. Just a few months ago a precious 13 year old in my community told me how he agonizingly contemplated suicide for over a tortuous year. Why? Because he thought he was a sinner. On a very basic, simple level I believe we must dismantle this wall of outdated, misguided and ill-informed religious teachings. Not an easy task….but one that has to be done…..by all of us, with a concerted effort."

A Facebook page was also launched to accompany the ad.


Michigan Family Adopts Disowned Gay Teen: AUDIO

Corey NicholsSo many gay children and teenagers who are disowned by their families wind up living on the streets with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Fortunately, Michigan teenager Corey Nichols was spared this fate when the parents of his friend Aubrey legally adopted Nichols as their own son after his family disowned him for his orientation.

Nichols tells of how his conservative family, his father in particular, consistently espoused vile anti-gay sentiment and suspected that Nichols was gay. When he came down with pneumonia, his family ignored his illness, leaving him so distressed and delusional that he told Aubrey how he planned to commit suicide. Aubrey's mother happened to see the messages and ran to get him, eventually nursing him back to health from a severe case of pneumonia. His family never once asked about him.

After he recovered, Nichols came out to his parents, who allegedly flew into a rage and called him the devil. Nichols ran away that night, and a few weeks later Aubrey's parents adopted him as their own. Nichols' parents never showed up to contest the adoption.

You can listen to the interview Nichols gave to Out in Santa Cruz about his disownment and adoption below.


'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Broadway Proceeds to Help LGBT Youth

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Producers of Hedwig and the Angry Inch have announced a charitable partnership with LGBT youth organization Hetrick-Martin Institute as part of the Broadway show’s run.

The Advocate reports:

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.14.55 PMThe musical will donate a portion from each ticket sale to Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public transfer school where at-risk youth can learn without fear of physical or emotional attacks. According to a press release, the partnership "will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support."

"Hetrick-Martin Institute has always been a part of Hedwig's DNA and I’m thrilled HMI is able to join Hedwig on her journey to Broadway," writes producer David Binder in a statement. "Our cast, creative team, and my fellow producers have been overwhelming in their support of this initiative benefiting this inspiring and incredibly important organization."

Hetrick-Martin Institute CEO Thomas Krever adds, "HMI is deeply grateful to Neil Patrick Harris and the entire Hedwig and the Angry Inch production team for partnering with HMI to help us provide life-changing programs to LGBTQ youth. Hedwig's message of being proud of who you are resonates deeply with the thousands of youth we serve each year."

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, begins preview performances this Saturday and opens April 22 at the Belasco Theatre. To find out more information about the show's partnership with HMI and to purchase tickets, click HERE


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