Drugs

Class A: The Film Kickstarter Wants To Shine A Light on Addiction In The Gay Community

If you are one of the many who feels like there still isn’t enough LGBTQ representation in our entertainment media, then try to put your money where your mouth is.

And we don’t mean just going to the movies whenever a Moonlight or the upcoming gay teen film Love, Simon comes to your nearest theater. We mean financially supporting projects every now and then as well.

One way you can do that is by checking out sites like Kickstarter, and today we’ve already selected a Kickstarter project worth backing.

Class A: The Film is a short film project currently in the works.

The film plans to talk about and face the problem of addiction in the LGBTQ community.

“The film follows three addicts, Jenny, a young, African-American, fashion student, addicted to her personified drug, “Coke”, aka "Charlie", a cocky, charming yet manipulative asshole. And Dan, who recently puked up over his ex-boyfriend, while on heroin and now converses with “Heroin”, who is a sweet elderly, caring woman. Finally, there is Brad, who battles with his personified drug, “Crystal Meth”, who emotionally and sexually abuses him.”

This short film will be an adaption of a stage play from 2012 that was produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre.

The creator wanted to reformat the story and present it in a different way in order to reach a wider audience. He feels the topic is important and should reach others because, “Substance abuse disorders among LGBTQ individuals may be 20% to 30%, higher than the general population (9%). 25% of gay and transgender people abuse alcohol, compared to 5 to 10 percent of the general population.”

In addition, the film is working in tandem with charity Gay & Sober which works to help LGBTQ members struggling with addiction and wishing to live a life of sobriety.

If you want to see this film become a reality, you can back it on Kickstarter. But hurry as there's only a couple more days to back.

On top of that, if you give certain amounts of money you will get a reward such as a piece of digital art to download, a social media shoutout, or a copy of the finished film.

Again, check out their Kickstarter page if you want to donate and help create more LGBTQ representation with a message.

Lesbian Couple Escapes After Being Kidnapped, Beaten and Raped

A lesbian couple that was locked in a basement at a home in Indianapolis says they were beaten, raped and left without food or water for days.

The whole thing sounds like something out of a horror movie--or CSI!

The couple visited the home on November 10th to do heroin, but things escalated when one of the women borrowed a car from one another woman, Melissa Richards, who became angry when her car was not returned quickly. The couple was bound with duct tape, thrown in a closet, beaten and raped.

Along with Richards, a group of three men, Kenneth A. Braswell, Thomas J. Bell, and Jose Nieves assaulted the couple and are facing 26 counts which includes rape, kidnapping, criminal confinement, possession of meth, and battery by means of a deadly weapon.

On November 14th, the women believed they were being taken somewhere in a car to be murdered. During this trip, the vehicle got a flat tire brought them to stop at a convenience store. The women asked to go to the restroom and while they were inside, the asked the store clerk to call the police and they locked themselves in the bathroom until they arrived.

At the crime scene, police found a large puddle of blood, two handguns, duct tape, a machete, a blanket and two cellphones.

The three men in this case are scheduled to appear for trial on January 22nd, while the woman has not been charged.

Don't do drugs, kids!