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Posted on Apr 18, 2014

Advocate.com: Wilson Cruz passes gay TV teen torch to ‘Faking It’ cast

GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz yesterday hosted a screening and Q&A panel for the upcoming MTV comedy Faking It with show Executive Producer Carter Covington and cast members Michael Willett (G.B.F.), Rita Volk and Katie Stevens. Faking It follows high school best friends who are mistaken for a lesbian couple and decide to go it when they see the positive attention it brings to them at school, but one of the girls may find she has real feelings for her friend. The series premieres on MTV Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30pm. Advocate.com covered the panel:

"In his youth the GLAAD spokesman became a pioneer in television history when his character, Rickie, came out as gay on ABC’s My So-Called Life. But whereas Rickie experienced high school as a battleground of bullies where the 'fear of people's reaction [to a gay youth] was very real,' as Cruz recalled, Faking It’s Hester High School embraces all things queer.

Though the pop culture references in the stories of LGBT teens may vary with the times, Cruz said, 'In the end, its' a universal theme, which is we’re all just trying to figure out who we are, and love ourselves, and love the people in our lives — exactly as they come to us.'”

Read the full piece at Advocate.com.

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WATCH: HBO releases full trailer for ‘The Normal Heart’

HBO has released the full trailer for Ryan Murphy's highly anticipated movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart. The story focuses on the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City and the young activists working to spur the medical and political establishment into action. The Normal Heart features a star-studded cast including Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch and Julia Roberts and is set to premiere on HBO May 25; in the same month the network will debut documentary film Larry Kramer about Kramer's work as an LGBT advocate and co-founder of AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. Watch The Normal Heart full trailer below.

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LGBT advocates seek funds to flee Uganda

Due to the increasingly difficult living conditions for LGBT Ugandans, many activists now seek a way out of the country. Since the passing of the anti-LGBT laws in Uganda, local activists are exposed to violence and imprisonment. In order to provide assistance to such individuals a women's rights organization launched a campaign granting financial aid to help those in need. The Urgent Action Fund created the The Safe Passage Fund to directly assist those who are at risk of at-risk of violence, life-imprisonment or even death.

As the Advocate reports, one of the individuals to seek help from the Urgent Action Fund is Dorcas Awena, a 26-year-old activist and volunteer for the AIDS program of Gender-Equality and Health Organization Uganda. She has been targeted by the police for violating the anti-LGBT laws. As Joe Jervis reports, Awena had already avoided three arrests by the police. The organization still needed an estimated $300 for her plane ticket to Canada. As the LGBT community becomes more and more stigmatized, additional funds will be needed to ensure that all individuals requiring financial assistance receive it. By donating money here, you can help someone live in a safer environment without the fear of violence.

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