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.