More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Famous Faces 'Come Out' for Equality with GLAAD and Brett Ratner
GLAAD announced plans for a groundbreaking video campaign to be produced and directed by Brett Ratner.
“Working together with GLAAD has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity,” said Ratner. “I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create.”
Ratner met with GLAAD’s Board of Directors this weekend in a meeting that included producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards Brian Grazer along with director and producer Bryan Singer (pictured below with GLAAD's Acting President Mike Thompson and Senior Director of Programs Herndon Graddick).
(l-r) Mike Thompson, Brian Grazer, Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, Herndon Graddick (photo by Carell Augustus)
The upcoming video series will feature a diverse group of Hollywood celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians ‘coming out of the closet’ as supporters of equality. Participants will share personal stories about why and how they support the LGBT community and call on Americans to do the same.
“Straight allies are crucial to creating a culture in which LGBT people are respected and supported,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD. “We look forward to working with Brett and these other inspiring Americans who are speaking out and standing up for their LGBT friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers.”
Ratner is known for directing films including the Rush Hour film series, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist.
(l-r) Brian Grazer, Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner (photo by Carell Augustus)