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Elton John, Jamie Foxx and others appear in powerful “Any Given Tuesday” about homeless LGBT youth

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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  1. “Of the thousands who sleep on the streets here, a whopping 40% are LGBT boys and girls.” How can this be in a nation where we have so many so-called social safety net programs, so many faith communities doing outreach, so many rich celebs with “charities,” and so many nonprofits?

    If anarchy is Somalia then what the hell kind of civilization is a supposedly wealthy, progressive city like L.A. with all of it’s big fancy government buildings where nearby streets are lined with homeless people?

    This is why the waste of over-duplication of LGBT groups pisses me off. There are too many LGBT groups doing the same thing (YouTube search: Too Many Gay/LGBTI Groups Doing Same Thing?) which creates an enormous waste of resources reinventing the wheel.

    What’s more, the failure of the LGBT mega groups to develop a nationwide structure (as outlined at http://getblissgroup.wix.com/getbliss) creates a huge disparity of what health and support resources are available to LGBTs in small town, rural, and suburb LGBT areas. This seems to result in LGBT youth flocking to big cities like L.A. or S.F. thinking it will be some magical rainbow place for them to seek refuge. And while it’s obvious there are more resources for them in the big city areas, there are apparently not so many resources that there’s not 3,600 LGBT youth on the streets each night. (YouTube search: Do Anti-LGBT Regions Shift Homeless Youth On Bigger Cites?)

    Next, if you do an online search for “gay sugar daddy” you’ll find a ton of options compared to an online search of “LGBT youth mentorship” which seems to be mostly limited to big-city area LGBT centers. That’s appalling.

    We now have half a nation in poverty and LGBTs aren’t as rich and upscale as once thought (see: The “B” In LGBT Apparently Stands For “Broke”). And yet LGBTs are bombarded with too many groups duplicating the same objectives. And yet somehow there’s enough money for 6-figure salary executive directors. (see: Blade Reveals Salaries For Heads Of Major LGBT/HIV Activism Orgs) I mean, if income disparity is wrong for the corporate world then shouldn’t it also be wrong in the so-called nonprofit world? As a person in poverty myself I see my $10 going to a drop in the buck for a 6-figure salary for an executive director more so than anything else. So I prefer to do my own no-middle person outreach out of my own pocket – however my outreach specializes in homeless people of all walks of life who are living out of their vehicles in hopes of getting them housed and preventing them from becoming street homeless. I focus on an area I have first-hand knowledge of. I also led the first multi-focused LGBT group in my hometown in a rural area of CA that was completely ignored by all the LGBT mega groups and was successful despite no funding.

    My point is, anyone can do homeless outreach – you don’t have to put that off on anyone else.

    However, there is a need for beds, shelters. In addition to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s homeless youth outreach (online search: L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Youth Services), there’s also a group Los Angeles Youth Network which claims, “In a given year, LAYN has fulfilled nearly 11,000 bed nights, which says there were 11,000 less nights of coach surfing or sleeping outside. Through our 24 hour emergency shelters, group home, and transitional living programs, we make sure that not only are youth are provided safe sleeping quarters, but a place of care and refuge they can call home.” I think they meant couch surfing.

    But what about LGBTs in small town, rural, suburb areas? What about LGBT homeless adults (see: S.F. tackles dual challenge – being homeless and gay). What about the fact that half of the US is now in poverty? What about LGBTs struggling to find work? The only LGBT-focused job assistance seems to accessible at big city LGBT Centers that offer limited internet access, job boards, occasional job fairs, and job search counselor assessments.

    Obviously religiously-spawned homophobia is a huge focus of LGBT mega groups. But what about other root problems such as continuing to support the Democrat half the entirely failed 2-party system as well as the self-inflicted problem of too many LGBT groups with 6-figure-salary-earning executive directors wasting resources duplicating same objectives?

  2. Thank you for posting this.

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