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article imageRoland Emmerich hosts film about plight of homeless GLBT youth

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 21, 2013 in World
Los Angeles - The acclaimed American filmmaker Roland Emmerich has hosted a short film that dramatises the plight of homeless gay and transgender young people in the US.
Any Given Tuesday was premiered at the weekend, at a star-studded benefit dinner, organised by Roland Emmerich who, according to Gay Star News, did so after being impressed by the short and its message.
The film has also been supported by Hollywood actors Jamie Foxx and James Woods – both of whom worked with Emmerich on his 2013 movie, White House Down – singer-songwriter Elton John and his husband David Furnish, TV journalist Lisa Ling (Our America with Lisa Ling) and reality-TV stars Lisa Vanderpump (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Bruno Tonioli (Strictly Come Dancing).
Apparently, the number-one destination for homeless and abandoned youth in the US is Los Angeles and, according to official statistics, 40 per cent of those children and young people are LGBT boys and girls.
Familial homophobia
Inexplicably, more and more parents are abandoning their own children, throwing them out of their homes after finding out they are gay, which is the subject of Any Given Tuesday.
In it is dramatised a scenario all too real: parents find out that their son is gay and immediately kick him out of his home. The lad is forced to live on the streets and ends up turning to prostitution and drugs and even considers committing suicide.
Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
Any Given Tuesday (screencap)
L. A. Gay Center
The idea for the short came about after Trent Kendrick – who wrote the screenplay and directed the film – Michael Fossat – its producer – took a tour of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and were inspired by the work and support carried out there.
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is the only such organisation in the city that dedicates its resources to providing LGBT homeless and abandoned kids with “food, clothing, medical care and a warm bed”.
The event was co-hosted by a number of other people, including Glee actor Jane Lynch and the writers Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and Dustin Lance Black (Milk).
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