EVENT: Daniel Franzese to host preview of HBO's Looking season finale to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Are you in Los Angeles? Do you love HBO's hit show Looking? Well, you're in luck! Next Thursday, March 19, Daniel Franzese will host a screening of the season two finale of Looking with members of the cast at West Hollywood hotspot, The Abbey. GLAAD is a co-sponsor of the event, which will benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. A minimum donation of $20 will include one drink. The event is open to the public; no RSVP required.


In February, MSNBC exclusively broke news about GLAAD's new HIV and AIDS awareness campaign, which aims to renew America's commitment to eradicating the epidemic​. GLAAD partnered with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and AIDS United to write and release a guide for journalists on how to cover HIV and AIDS. The guide, "HIV & AIDS in the News: A Guide for Reporting in a New Era of Prevention & Treatment," provides background information on HIV and AIDS developments, a closer look at stories like HIV criminalization and PrEP, and a listing of HIV and AIDS organizations, which can provide further context and expertise.

MSNBC wrote that GLAAD "is teaming up with two leading AIDS organizations to urge Hollywood to develop more characters and stories that reflect the nation’s HIV/AIDS population. The move is part of a larger push by the organization that fights for fair and accurate representations of the LGBT community and its partners the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and AIDS United to reengage the media and entertainment industry, news media, and all Americans in the three decades long fight to eradicate HIV and AIDS." The guide is a part of GLAAD's 30th anniversary renewal of its commitment to eradicating HIV and AIDS.

“With HIV infection rates rising among young people in the U.S., it’s hard to believe that I play one of the only recurring HIV-positive characters on scripted television today.  These three organizations partnering to provide essential tools for the media will hopefully inspire other TV programs to include HIV-positive characters as well news coverage about the state of HIV and AIDS in America,” said Franzese, who is also an ETAF Ambassador.

Read the guide here.

GLAAD is honored to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, The Abbey, HBO, and The Aileen Getty Foundation, to give you a sneak preview of the season finale of Looking. We hope to see you there!