Reading news stories about LGBTQ teen suicides troubled me, and I wondered what I, as a filmmaker, could do. It dawned on me that so many teens still have no idea what happy adult LGBTQ lives LOOK LIKE.
So I made it my mission to show them.
The Devotion Project is a series of short films documenting and celebrating LGBTQ couples and families.
We've made three films for the series and now need your help to finish the next three.
I'm a New York City-based filmmaker, and I've been working on this project for the past 14 months.
With your help, I will complete the last three films, which will feature a gay male couples, a lesbian couple, and a transman/queer woman couple.
For $10,000 per film, I can deliver three more films of the same quality to viewers this spring/summer. With your help, we can keep these films accessible and FREE online for at-risk LGBTQ youth to begin imaginging their potential for a happy future.
We're nearing 75,000 views on YouTube, with countless comments from around the globe sending thanks and appreciation for focusing on positive, uplifting representations of LGBTQ people. Rosie O'Donnell aired the first film on her talk show on the Oprah Winfrey Network in November, and the films are screening at festivals across the U.S. and Europe.
Here's a response I received to the first film on YouTube:
"I volunteer at a GLBT National Help line here in SF and a reoccurring theme in the calls we receive is a stated desire to have a life-long relationship. When I tell the young caller there is no reason they can't have one, I use the example of my own faithful relationship of 41-years with my partner. The typical response is, 'you mean you can do that?' Now I also have a YouTube video to which I can refer them. Thank you!"
Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated. Please watch and share the films if you believe that LGBTQ couples and families deserve the equal right to LOVE. And share this page too, if you have friends who might be interested!