Is there anything more despicable than parents of LGBT youth who choose to throw their kids into the streets rather than love them and try to understand who they really are?
A lot of these kids end up in Los Angeles which is the nation’s number one destination for homeless and abandoned youth. Of the thousands who sleep on the streets here, a whopping 40% are LGBT boys and girls.
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is the only organization in Los Angeles that is dedicated to serving them with food, clothing, medical care and a warm bed.
They offer young people the help they need to get off the streets and make it on their own, including counseling, GED preparation, job placement assistance and mentoring.
Young writer/director Trent Kendrick and producer Michael Fossat were so inspired by their tour of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center—and so touched by the plight of the many homeless LGBT youth the Center serves—that they developed and produced this short film, “Any Given Tuesday,” to heighten awareness and promote support for the Center.
The film dramatizes a scenario that is all too real: parents find out son is gay, kick him out of the house. He ends up on the streets and turns to prostitution and drugs and considers suicide.
The filmmakers have some star power to help drive home the point: Elton John and spouse David Furnish, actors Jamie Foxx and James Woods, television journalist Lisa Ling and reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump.
The film so impressed acclaimed filmmaker and friend Roland Emmerich, one of the Center’s largest donors, that he offered to host the film’s debut at an exclusive star-studded benefit dinner this Saturday night, Oct. 19.
Co-hosts of the event include Bryan Lourd, David Geffen, Jane Lynch, Amy Pascal, Ryan Murphy and Dustin Lance Black.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a ticket to contribute to The Center. You can text YOUTH to 80888 to make an instant $10 gift!
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