Showing posts with label Los Angeles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Los Angeles. Show all posts

Monday, October 4, 2010

ET: Jane Lynch Talks "Glee" and Real-Life Tragedy

Jane Lynch came out to West Hollywood Friday night with wife Dr. Lara Embry to honor "Glee" god Ryan Murphy and 'The Kids Are Alright' director Lisa Cholodenko at the PFLAG/The L.A. Event, and amid the celebration the stars' thoughts turned to Tyler Clementi, who ended his life on September 22, and recent similar tragedies.

Clementi is the Rutgers freshman who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his intimate encounter with another man was broadcast live over the Internet via webcam by his roommate and another classmate.

"I feel so badly about that kid. Awful," Jane told ET. "We need to show that these kids are more than just the sum total of their sexual orientation, and that really will help the kids out there who don't have role models, who don't have people in their class who are gay, and it will show them that we love them and we embrace you for who you are."

"I think the timing this week after what's happened with five kids killing themselves because of bullying and sexual preference, I'm very excited about talking about that and just putting the spotlight on that in our high schools and in our education system," said Ryan.

On a lighter note, Jane also talked about her admiration for Ryan and her hopes for the upcoming season of "Glee."

"[Ryan's] done such great things for gay families, and [Lara and I are] a gay family, and it's nice to see ourselves somewhat reflected in the culture," said Jane. "I think it's really great for families all over the world to see that we're families like everybody else."

"I hope Sue Sylvester will have a significant other," she added of her onscreen alter ego. "She's always looking for a fight. She's a warrior, and so where there's not a fight she will create one, and she creates some doozies. We find out that her role model is Richard Nixon."

The PFLAG/The L.A. Event event was emceed by "Modern Family" stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet and featured a live performance by Nelly Furtado. PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is the nation's foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. To learn more, go to

Thursday, September 30, 2010

PFLAG / The LA Event - Get Your Tickets Today!

This Friday, October 1, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) National will join with entertainment industry leaders to honor and celebrate the work of Ryan Murphy (CREATOR, GLEE & NIP/TUCK; director of EAT PRAY LOVE) and Lisa Cholodenko (Writer/Director, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT). The evening will be emceed by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of MODERN FAMILY, and will feature appearances by GLEE’s Jane Lynch, NCIS star Pauley Perrette, Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter, MILK) and a live performance from Grammy-winning musical artist Nelly Furtado.

Among those scheduled to appear are Ryan Murphy, Lisa Cholodenko, Mark Salling (GLEE), Jane Lynch (GLEE), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (MODERN FAMILY), Eric Stonestreet (MODERN FAMILY), Julie Bowen (MODERN FAMILY), Grammy-Winner Nelly Furtado, Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, Kirsten Vangsness (CRIMINAL MINDS), Dustin Lance Black (OscarTM winner, MILK), Bryan Singer (X-MEN), Bruce Davison (LONGTIME COMPANION), Laurence Fishburne (CSI), Marlee Matlin (CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD), Adam Shankman (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), Erin Cummings (DETROIT 187), Jonathan Silverman, Jennifer Finnigan, Levar Burton, Natalie Coler, Stephanie Miller, Sam Harris, Wilson Cruz, Jai Rodriguez, Calpernia Addams, Hal Sparks, and Thea Gill.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to www.pflag.prg/thelaevent.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PFLAG / THE LA EVENT is Three Days Away…Do You Have Your Tickets?

Join us for a fabulous evening to celebrate PFLAG’s accomplishments and honor Ryan Murphy (GLEE) and the film, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT at PFLAG / THE LA EVENT on October 1 in West Hollywood. Special appearances will be made by Jane Lynch (GLEE), Jessee Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (MODERN FAMILY), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS). We’ll also have a special musical performance by Grammy winner Nelly Furtado. Additional guest names are being announced, so get your tickets now. Learn more at

Friday, September 24, 2010

PFLAG National Honors Ryan Murphy, The Kids Are All Right, and Features Nelly Furtado at PFLAG / THE LA EVENT!

HOLLYWOOD, September 24, 2010 – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National will join with entertainment industry leaders to honor the contributions of producer Ryan Murphy (GLEE; EAT PRAY LOVE) and the creators of the hit film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT at the first-ever PFLAG /LA EVENT to be held on Friday, October 1st at the London West Hollywood.

“For nearly 40 years, PFLAG’s work has supported families and strengthened communities with a message of unconditional love and acceptance,” said PFLAGs executive director Jody M. Huckaby. “This event will give PFLAG the opportunity to honor entertainment industry leaders who are advancing the same message through their work.”

Event Co-Chair Daniel Sladek, (Emmy Award-nominated executive producer of PRAYERS FOR BOBBY), echoed Huckaby’s sentiments. “Ryan Murphy and Lisa Cholodenko have put the stories of LGBT youth, parents, their families and friends in millions of homes and movie theatres around the country. We are so proud to honor their accomplishments on this occasion, the first LA Event PFLAG National has produced in its long history as a leader in the LGBT equality movement.”

The LA Event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winner Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from ABC’s hit comedy MODERN FAMILY, and will include appearances by Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch (GLEE) and Pauley Perrette (NCIS). Additionally, the event will have a live musical performance by Grammy-Award winning recording artist Nelly Furtado.

“We are thrilled to have the tremendously talented Nelly Furtado performing at this inaugural event,” added Sladek.

The PFLAG LA Event Host Committee features some of the industry’s top talent – and advocates for equality – including co-chairs Daniel Sladek, David Permut and Chris Taaffe (Emmy Award-nominated executive producers of PRAYERS FOR BOBBY), screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Academy Award®-winner, MILK), director Bryan Singer (X-MEN; SUPERMAN RETURNS), Laurence Fishburn (Academy Award®-nominee, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT ; CSI), Jane Lynch, Marlee Matlin (Academy Award®-winner CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD), producer Bruce Cohen (Academy Award®-winner, AMERICAN BEAUTY and MILK), Dan Jinks (Academy Award®-winner, AMERICAN BEAUTY and MILK), Linda Berman, Brian Graden (former MTV President of Entertainment and founder of Logo), Erwin More (agent), and Jeff Olde (VH1 programming chief).

For more information, please visit

Marlee Matlin Invites You to the PFLAG LA Event on October 1

To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

PFLAG Los Angeles Event - Buy Your Tickets Now!

Have you bought your tickets for the PFLAG LA Event on Oct. 1? Go to now to learn more and buy tickets. Come see Emmy-winning Glee producer Ryan Murphy, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Modern Family’s Jesse Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, Oscar-winning writer Dustin Lance Black, and more!

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Explorer Program in Los Angeles Free From Boy Scout Control

According to this article, the LAPD plans to launch its own Explorer program for young people this month, removing the Boy Scouts of America from management, officials said Tuesday.

The Police Commission voted two months ago to end its relationship with the Scouts because of the organization's policies that discriminate against gays. The program had been operated by the Learning for Life Foundation, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts.

The move to create the Los Angeles Police Department's own teen program should be launched by Jan. 1, Deputy Chief Earl Paysinger told the Police Commission.

"We have received inquiries from dozens of agencies on what we're doing," Paysinger said. "We think once the LAPD breaks away, other agencies will as well."

The biggest challenge in creating the program has been raising money, Paysinger said, but more than $25,000 has been collected so far to help cover the costs of uniforms, badges and patches.

The Explorer program introduces teens to law enforcement as a career, by having them work in stations alongside officers and assist in a variety of policing programs.

Before becoming Explorers, teens must take 96 hours of training in an academy. More than 250 cadets are expected to graduate soon and enter the new program, which has not yet been named. About 3,000 young people are currently enrolled as Explorers.

"We have found wide support ... and a great understanding about why we are making this change," Paysinger said.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Think, Write, Win: Choose Love

Attention LGBT students of Los Angeles and Orange Counties: Asian Pacific Islander Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (API-PFLAG), with financial support from the PFLAG National Diversity Outreach Chapter Assistance Program, is issuing a challenge to all graduating college-bound high school seniors and returning undergraduates: write a sharp, well-argued essay in favor of same-sex marriage and win a college scholarships split between an English language category and a Chinese/Korean language category. Total prize winnings are more than $5,000!

“This is a community with a lot of talent—much of it in the math and sciences,” says Cynthia Liu, writer, former teacher and one of the contest organizers. “We’re challenging young Asian Pacific Americans to show off their ability to write well and persuade others on substantive issues of the day. We’re wondering where our community’s ‘Obama’ might be.”

API-PFLAG chair Harold Kameya [pictured right, with Ellen Kameya], devoted parent of a daughter who is lesbian, adds, “Everyone in the state of California knows about Proposition 8. Right now, my daughter is deprived of a basic civil right: to marry the person she loves. Why should she be? Every parent wants happiness, stability, and companionship for their child.”

Cynthia Liu adds, "I'm mother to a young child, a woman married to a man, and a citizen who believes in equal rights for all as guaranteed by our state and national constitutions. I believe marriage equality is one of the many human rights lesbian, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people should enjoy as they build lives, and sometimes families, together. That they are a group of people singled out for denial of the most basic human pleasures and responsibilities--to care for one another--is wrong."

The essay contest rules may also be found on the API PFLAG blog: