Reid: We both know why I’m here. Let’s not pretend that this is a normal consult.
Luke: Look, I — I’m sorry. I just felt as if —
Reid: You felt that you could blackmail me. I’m curious, how much did it cost you to get dirt on me?

— Reid and Luke

News and Updates | November 8, 2010

Just a few quickies today:

It Gets Better

Last, the ESS’s Crew’s joliepinkyswear posted a link to the following video on the ESS forum thread on the It Gets Better project. The best-publicized American “It Gets Better” videos include ones by well-known, out celebrities like Suze Orman, Neil Patrick Harris, B.D. Wong, and Y&R’s Thom Bierdz (as well as straight supporters and non-celebrities). It also offers an opportunity to “take the pledge” and be counted among those standing up against bullying and you’ll find my name on there – my real life alter ego’s name on there ;).

This one is Canadian-made and it left me speechless (not an easy feat, as you may gather from this blog!). It’s beautiful and it’s heartbreaking. The people in it aren’t celebrities that I recognize, though everyone is identified at the end. I big-time had tears in my eyes at the end. On top of that, it’s really well done with nice production values, music, etc., (though of course, it’s the message that counts). What better have you got to do with your next 12 minutes?

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If you’re not familiar with the It Gets Better Project. Their website says, in part:

Justin Aeberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. All the names of American teenagers who in recent months have taken their own lives after being bullied in school.

For too long, LGBT youth have been forced to struggle through their formative years suffering from bullies in their schools, churches and homes — and with no support system to provide them any help.

Noted writer and media pundit Dan Savage founded the It Gets Better Project in September 2010 as a unique way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT Youth that — it gets better.

ItGetsBetterProject.com is a place where young people who are gay, lesbian, bi, or trans can see with their own eyes how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where LGBT adults can share the stories of their lives, and straight allies can add their names in solidarity and help spread our message of hope.

The American site includes a way to contribute to the project, as well as videos and links to their YouTube channel and the ability to upload your own videos. In addition to the LGBT celebrity videos, you’ll find ones from Kathy Griffin and Barack Obama (which clearly received mixed response as a powerless puff piece for the most powerful man on earth), and ones from “regular folk” adding their voice to the chorus.

New York Times Article on ATWT alumni: Van to LA?!

As I posted on ESS.com, “Holy sh*t! WTF? How did I miss THIS?!” On Friday, the NYT posted on their website (credit to Tirpse who posted on Van’s FB), and I believe followed up in print in their Sunday arts section, an extensive article talking about ATWT alums including Michael Park, Trent Dawson, Eileen Fulton, and Terri Columbino. The article talks fairly extensively about Jake Silbermann and his film, Stuffer (whose website, incidentally, is NOT easy to find!) and a mention of Van Hansis. In it, it says:

By early fall at least five of the top stars from “As the World Turns” had either moved to or taken jobs in Los Angeles, including Mr. Hansis; real-life husband and wife Jon Hensley and Kelly Menighan-Hensley; Ms. West (who joined “The Young and the Restless”); and Mr. Cosgrove (recently signed to “All My Children”).

“I just kind of felt like if you want to get work, go where the work is,” said Mr. Hansis, a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee with a starring role in the coming horror film “Occupant.” He hired a West Coast agent to focus on prime-time auditions. “That being said, if a soap contract were offered to me, I might have a completely different story. It’s a great job.”

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