LGBTQ Casting Opportunity...
Showtime Networks and Executive Producer Bryn Freedman (A&E's "Intervention") are developing a new TV documentary series about gays and lesbians coming out to important people in their lives. Our aim is to create a show that not only helps the people we profile and the LGBTQ community in general, but also uses television’s vast reach and power to enlighten and increase understanding of what it’s like to feel compelled to hide an essential part of oneself.
We were alarmed by the recent San Francisco State University study about family response to a teen’s coming out and its conclusion that “teens who experienced negative feedback were more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide.” The glimmer of hope the study offered however was that “parents who take even baby steps to respond with equanimity instead of rejection can dramati cally improve a gay youth's mental health outlook.” By raising awareness and visibility, we hope to help people take those “baby steps” or better.
Our production team includes film & television producer Todd Shotz whose on-line video campaign against Prop 8 in California was honored on March 14 with the first-ever Human Rights Campaign E-Hero Award.
Freedman, Shotz and the rest of the team will treat the people we profile and their loved ones with the utmost care, dignity and respect, and will provide a support system of counselors and therapists throughout the process.
**We are currently casting for the series and want to get the word outas far and wide as possible. To learn more about the show and/or bea participant, please visit our website:http://www.wayoutdocumentary.comor our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49165760722or check out the interview that THE ADVOCATE did with Adam Drucker,our Casting Producer:http://www.advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid72434.asp(Please note that THE ADVOCATE piece is a month old and we are now casting NATIONWIDE. We'd like to reach every corner of America, from urban centers to the smallest of towns where it is rare to live openly as a LGBTQ person.)
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Please don't hesitate to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. All inquiries and information will, of course, remain confidential.
Thanks so much for your time! (And apologies for the impersonal email.)
-The Casting Team at "Way Out"