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Duke Mason Announces His Run For West Hollywood City Council

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With the posting of a video on his YouTube channel, Duke Mason has officially thrown his hat in the ring for a West Hollywood City Council seat. In the new clip, Mason, the openly gay son of singer Belinda Carlisle, points to the increase in the city's rental prices (which are driving out many of the people who initially helped shape West Hollywood's identity) as just one of the motivating forces behind his run.

Says Mason in the video:

"I am grateful to be a resident of West Hollywood. We should celebrate our city's legacy. But we also need to return to our roots and use that activist spirit to build for ourselves, for our future and for the next generation. We're still West Hollywood: the same West Hollywood with the audacity to stand up, to speak out and to fight for what we believe in. We are good but we can be great again. We can be proud again."

Mason first filed papers for a possible run in July.

You can contribute to the campaign on his official website here.

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News: Outfest, James Duke Mason, Nate Silver, GaymerX, Space

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Belinda Carlisle's Gay Son James Duke Mason Stars in an Upcoming Noir Thriller with a Gay Twist: VIDEO


The teaser for James Duke Mason's Kickstarter-funded noir thriller Disappear Here is out.

Paper writes:

...the film is directed by Matthew Mishory, produced by Mason's father Morgan Mason (producer of Sex, Lies & Videotape who got back into the business to produce it) and centers around a young actor (played by Mason) who becomes embroiled in a blackmail conspiracy to derail a senator's presidential campaign. The full feature will be shot later this year. Mason told us back in the day that the movie is "going to serve as a catalyst for making a difference for the openly gay actors in Hollywood and trying to shed some light on those issues...that have never been exposed in this way before."

Mason has some experience in the 'openly gay actor' category. You may recall his 'Trailblazer' campaign which had the mission of creating a more accepting environment for openly LGBT entertainers in Hollywood.

He also gives us a little exclusive. His mom, Belinda Carlisle, hase a cameo in the film.



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Trailblazer: Chad Allen Records Video About Coming Out, Urges Other Actors to Do So


In a new video for James Duke Mason's 'Trailblazer' campaign, actor Chad Allen talks about being forced out of the closet as a young actor, the fear he experienced when his relationship was spread across the tabloids, and the plots that were hatched behind-the-scenes to hide it.

Allen ultimately decided to just come out. Now he's challenging other actors to do so as well.


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Watch: James Duke Mason Announces 'Trailblazer' Campaign for Out LGBT Entertainers


James Duke Mason (he goes by Duke) checked in with me earlier today to tell me about a new campaign he's starting. I'll let him share:

It's similar to the It Gets Better Project except that 'Trailblazer' focuses exclusively on openly gay celebrities. Its goal is essentially to help create a more accepting environment for openly gay entertainers in Hollywood so that eventually we might have our very own 'Sidney Poitier', our own trailblazer who breaks the barrier for LGBT people. 

You may recall that Duke is the son of Belinda Carlisle, whose video in support of him and marriage equality I posted back during the anti-gay Maine campaign.

Duke says he has commitments from Chad Allen, David Moretti, Perez Hilton, and Mike Manning to create videos for the campaign, and talks about it in a clip to posted to his YouTube account.

Watch his message, AFTER THE JUMP...

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