A new film short spotlights an underrepresented homeless minority
By Brody Levesque | LOS ANGELES -- Every day another lesbian or gay, bi, or trans American youth join the ranks of the the thousands of young persons homeless on the streets of Los Angeles, California. In the new film short, Any Given Tuesday, the film's writer and director Trent Kendrick along with producer Michael Fossat provide specific relief in a jarring but accurate look at this growing problem.
The film dramatizes a scenario that is all too real: a set of parents find out their son is gay and immediately toss him out of the family home. He ends up on the streets and turns to prostitution and drugs and considers suicide.
Currently, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is the only organisation in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area dedicated to providing homeless queer youth with food, clothing, medical care and a warm bed. According to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, L.A. is the number one destination in America for homeless young people, 40% of whom identify as LGBTQ.
To drive home the point the filmmakers enlisted the help of Sir Elton john and husband David Furnish who were joined by actors Jamie Foxx and James Woods, television journalist Lisa Ling and reality TV stars Lisa Vanderpump and Bruno Tonioli.
Prominent filmmaker Roland Emmerich, one of the L.A. GLBT Center’s largest benefactors, will host the film’s debut at an exclusive star-studded benefit dinner on Saturday (19 October) co-hosted by Emmy winning actors Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy and Academy Award winner screenplay writer Dustin Lance Black.