Los Angeles is considered America’s number one destination for homeless and abandoned youth. Of the thousands who sleep on the streets here, a whopping 40 percent are LGBT boys and girls. There’s just one organisation in the city dedicated to serving them—the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
The Center offers much more than life-sustaining support, like food, clothing, medical care and a warm bed. It opts to give 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.
The Center is proud of a new short film, which touches on the country’s—and city’s—bout with homeless LGBT youth. Taking part are names like Elton, David Furnish, Jamie Foxx, Lisa Vanderpump, James Woods, and Lisa Ling.
“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 to heighten awareness and promote support for the Center,” says the establishment’s Jim Key.
According to Key, the video so impressed acclaimed filmmaker Roland Emmerich, one of the Center’s largest donors, that Emmerich offered to host the film’s debut at an exclusive star-studded benefit dinner this Saturday night, Oct. 19. Co-hosts of the sold-out event include David Geffen, Jane Lynch, Amy Pascal, and Ryan Murphy.
To donate, learn more, or to view the video, please go to lagaycenter.org/youth.