With back to school on the horizon for many college students, what better way to kick-start your school year than making a difference that could impact the lives within your community and around the world. We at AT&T have teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization – to launch the first-ever “Live Proud on Campus” scholarship contest.
From August 21 to September 22, college students 18 and over are encouraged to submit a video pitch describing an LGBT-supportive project they’d like to see in place at their schools. After submitting their pitch, they are encouraged to share their participation via social media using #ATTLiveProud and #LiveProudScholar. Once the semi-finalists have been announced on September 27, voting will be open to the public giving them an opportunity to select their favorite.
On October 16, during LGBT Spirit Day, three grand prize winners will be announced each receiving the following:
Openly gay DJ & Producer Zeke Thomas - son of famed basketball icon Isiah Thomas - released the music video to his hit single "Dealin' With It" last week.
The EDM inspired track, produced by Zeke himself and featuring his vocals for the first time ever, was his way of dealing with a violent sexual assault that took place last year. Zeke joined forces in April with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to become the organizations first male ambassador in support of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness month. Zeke shared his traumatic experience with New York Magazine and sat down with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America to discuss how he has moved on, healed, and let music help him find his truth.
The "Dealin' With It" music video opens with a clip of the GMA interview followed by a semi-biographical look at the downward spiral Zeke took after the assault last February. Ending with his PSA for the NSVRC Zeke has vowed to donate the proceeds from the single to GLAAD and NSVRC.
REVRY LAUNCHES NEW ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES ‘BEFORE I GOT FAMOUS’: Series Embracing Diversity and Challenging Asian Stereotypes Premieres August 25
REVRY, the LGBTQ+ digital streaming platform dedicated to showcasing the best entertainment created by and for queer and allied audiences, today announced that the original scripted comedy series, Before I Got Famous – which made its debut this year at the Outfest Film Festival – will be premiering exclusively on the premium SVOD service on August 25th.
The series follows Alex, a young gay actor emigrating from China to look for his big break in Hollywood. When the good-looking 21-year-old leaves his small town to move to the big city he realizes two scary truths: he is not the only handsome man out there, nor is he the only one who dreams of becoming a movie star.
The ten-episode series, co-written by Q. Allen Brocka (Eating Out, Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World) is a comical look at a serious topic: discrimination inside the entertainment industry and the gay dating scene from the perspective of an often discriminated against minority. Before I Got Famous challenges the labels and stereotypes that Hollywood, the gay community and the world have placed on Asian Americans, while embracing the broader issues of human complexity and inclusivity.
“We want to show everyone that the human experience is universal, beyond gender, race or sexual nature,” said Giovanna Sarquis, co-creator & director. “With prevalent Asian themes throughout the show, we’re sure that the Asian community will relate to this content on an emotional and cultural level, as well as the LGBTQ+ community.”
“Embracing real world diversity is one of REVRY’s core pillars and this series strongly supports that message. We’re excited to bring this hilarious show to our viewers, a stellar comedy series that also speaks to real issues within our community that we know will resonate with our audience,” said Damian Pelliccione, CEO and co-founder of REVRY.
Before I Got Famous was created by Vasco Xu and Giovanna Sarquis, who also directed the series, produced by Vasco Xu, Carole Lu, Leann Lei, Charlene Zhang and Kerena Huang and written by Q. Allan Brocka & Marc Muszynski. The series stars Anthony Ma, Tiago Ferreira, Camille Wormser, Lee Chen and Alexandre Chen.
Drag Queen Story Hour at the New York Public Library is exactly what it sounds like: drag queens reading picture books to children. Angel Elektra, who is gay, grew up in a Christian household where she had to keep her sexuality a secret. Now a queen, she’s reading to kids at the story hour to promote acceptance of what makes us unique, acknowledgement of our shared humanity, and love for ourselves.
For more “60 Second Docs,” the innovative series from Indigenous Media that re-envisions the future of documentary storytelling for the millennial generation, check out the following pages: VidMe, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Just when you thought the world was void of love and compassion, here comes "In A Heartbeat."
This amazing video was put together by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, students of Ringling College of Art and Design, as their computer animation thesis, which has taken on a life of its own. The short film deals with a young boy fighting to share his feelings with a handsome boy at his school, which is expressed through an adorable jumping heart. This 4 minutes captures the experience of countless LGBTQ youth, and shows them that there's nothing to be afraid of.