1. THE LAVENDER EFFECT® has joined forces with OUT & ABOUT TOURS to share our passion for LGBTQ Heritage and Culture in Hollywood! Our culturally rich, vital, and often hidden history is at the heart of this city’s LGBTQ and Allied past, as well as part of a global movement. LGBTinsel Town celebrates a historic tipping point, providing enriching, educational, and amusing alternatives to visitors and locals alike. We’ll show you Hollywood like no one has ever dared!

    Go to outandabout-tours.com for current schedules and tickets or call 1-844-GAY TOUR.

    VIDEO CREDITS:

    CAST

    Bryant Cabrera
    Ali Cesur
    A.B. Farrelly
    Ivan Garcia
    Mat Hayes
    Max Landwirth
    Nathan Nonhof
    Eloho Okujeni
    Tiffany Oliver
    Kiki Z

    NARRATOR

    Virgina Hamilton

    CREW

    Director & Producer - Jim Anzide
    Directory of Photography & Editor - Rachel Dunn
    Consulting Producer - Andy Sacher
    Associate Producer - Max Landwirth
    Casting - Kara Sullivan

    SPECIAL THANKS:

    First Baptist Church of Hollywood
    Frolic Room
    Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
    Hollywood United Methodist Church & Mark Kinsey Stephenson
    Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
    Loterîa Grill Hollywood, Ashley Robey & Tatiana Parra
    Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood & Storm Velez
    Pantages Theatre
    Roots of Equality
    The Hollywood Museum, Donelle Dadigan & Steve Nycklemoe
    The Lavender Effect
    W Hollywood

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  2. THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Oral History Project (OHP) is videotaping testimonies from the LGBTQ community. We are documenting integral participants or witnesses to historic events and movements, including our supportive allies. These interviews are being produced at the highest standards possible utilizing the USC Shoah Foundation's video history guidelines (founded by Steven Spielberg).

    The California FAIR Education Act, due to take effect in 2015, will require public schools to implement curricula that teach the contributions of LGBTQ people throughout history. The OHP is directly addressing this need by documenting valuable testimonies. These video interviews will help empower LGBTQ youth, as well as help reduce bullying, depression, and suicides.

    The OHP is being researched and produced by an experienced and professional team. Andy Sacher, Founding Executive Director, has worked for leaders in the entertainment industry including Disney, Steven Spielberg, and Jerry Bruckheimer. Andy is partnering with community activists, LGBTQ historians, and Evolution Media to interview the people that helped shape the freedoms some of us enjoy today.

    Digital testimonies will be utilized for educational programs and interactive exhibits. They will also be available to documentary filmmakers with the goal of reaching the broadest audience possible. Donations will help inform future generations, as well as celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ people to society. They will also provide hands-on experience to young filmmakers interested in LGBTQ history.

    Help capture the stories of a generation of pioneers before they vanish!

    DONATE NOW AT: thelavendereffect.org/donate

    With Gratitude,

    Andy Sacher, Founding Executive Director and the OHP Team.

    THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit project of Community Partners “Advancing the Future of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History & Culture!” We see an urgent need to demystify the existence of LGBTQ people, focus awareness on our contributions to society and our place in history, and provide positive role models for LGBTQ youth. Go to thelavendereffect.org for more information about our mission and projects.

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  3. IF YOU LIKE THIS VIDEO PLEASE SHARE & MAKE A DONATION TO thelavendereffect.org/donate/ and write "Queer Video Project" in the Comments field.

    ABOUT THE ALAN TURING VIDEO:
    The Alan Turing Video was created for THE LAVENDER EFFECT® by Alex Valencia. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Alex always had the film industry in his back yard, as well as in the back of his mind. He earned his bachelor's degree in Film Studies with a minor in Literature from California State University of Long Beach. He currently attends Chapman University as a 3rd year grad student with a directing emphasis. Having finished several projects at Chapman including a documentary shot in South Korea, Alex is ready to start filming his final project at Chapman University.

    VIDEO CREDITS:

    Writer / Director: Alex Valencia

    Editor: Sean Brown

    Cinematographer: Anirudh Gattu

    Production Designer: Wes Hottman

    Actors: Matthew Gallenstein (Alan Mathison Turing), and Max Landwirth (Alan's Partner)

    Voiceover Artist: Ben Patrick Johnson


    SPECIAL THANKS TO: Jeff Stanzler, Cynthia Freeman, Community Partners, Dodge College of Film and Media, Andy Sacher, and Ben Patrick Johnson.

    ABOUT THE QUEER VIDEO PROJECT:
    THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a 501c3 nonprofit of Community Partners that is "Advancing The Future of LGBTQ History and Culture!" Our Queer Video Project's mission is to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of people through the lens of a new generation. We are working with talented filmmakers like Alex to tell "A HISTORY TO BE PROUD OF!" - Andy Sacher, Founding Executive and Creative Director.

    Go to thelavendereffect.org for more information about our mission and projects. Sign up for our email (eepurl.com/p9NQX) and select "I want to participate in the Queer Video Project," for more information.

    MORE ABOUT ALAN MATHISON TURING:
    Alan Mathison Turing was an extremely intelligent individual and, although he lived a mere 41 years, his life has had a positive impact on world history. Turing was a British mathematician, logician and computer analyst. With his extreme intelligence he helped enable the decoding of extremely complicated and confusing German ciphers and create new machinery to decode highly important German messages during the World War II. There is no doubt that his intelligence helped our allies with the War and helped to create the freedoms we enjoy today. Regretfully, Alan Mathison Turing committed suicide on the 7th June 1954. It is believed he was unable to cope with his sexuality and that being a homosexual led him to take his own life.

    Birth: June 23, 1912 in Maida Vale, London, England

    Death: June 7, 1954 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England

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  4. During the outbreak of AIDS in the 1980s, diagnosis was a likely death sentence with the average life expectancy nine months. The general public viewed AIDS as a gay-related disease. As a result, the turmoil of loss and survival became integral to the identity of West Hollywood, a city created to be an oasis for the gay community. Those who survived this catastrophic epidemic hold a fragile cultural memory that must be properly documented.

    THE LAVENDER EFFECT® seeks $10,000 in funding from the West Hollywood business community to match a grant bestowed by the city of West Hollywood to research and produce 6-8 high quality interviews with individuals who played a key role in West Hollywood’s battle against HIV/AIDS from 1984 to the present day. This project, entitled Young City at War: Stories from West Hollywood during the AIDS Epidemic, will be showcased at West Hollywood’s Public Library in a new video archival collection as part of the West Hollywood 30+ year long celebration, kicking off in October 2015.

    Our archival collection and installation will not only serve to illuminate the horrors of the AIDS epidemic, it will also provide inspiration and strength for those in the LGBTQ community who are facing hardships today. By acknowledging this history, we hope it will not be repeated. Young City at War: Stories from West Hollywood during the AIDS Epidemic will reach a broad LGBTQ community and its allies. Through TLEs online presence and its Educational Supplement for California’s FAIR Education Act, these stories will encourage LGBTQ youth and allies to think critically about the relationship between the past and the present. They will showcase the strength and empathy historically found in West Hollywood.

    A current list of potential interviewees for the archival collection include: Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the American physician known for the identification of AIDS; City Council member John Duran, known for successfully suing Los Angeles County for denying medication to inmates with HIV/AIDS; Michael Weinstein, President AIDS Healthcare Foundation. With sufficient funding, additional interviewees will be filmed.

    THE LAVENDER EFFECT is seeking community and corporate sponsors to raise a total of $10,000 by May 1st, 2015. This will , match a grant bestowed by the City of West Hollywood Arts Council. Gifts are tax deductible, as TLE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit project of Community Partners.

    LEVELS AND BENEFITS

    $100.00 = Name Recognition on TLE’s “Young City At War” webpage

    $250.00 = All of the above plus your Company or Organization's Logo on TLE’s “Young City At War” webpage

    $750.00 = All of the above plus your Company or Organization's Name & Logo Acknowledged at the “Young City At War” Installation

    $1,500 = All of the above plus acknowledgement at VIP Unveiling West Hollywood Library Installation

    To donate choose your sponsorship level and make check payable to “Community Partners for The Lavender Effect” with “YCAW Sponsorship” in the memo. Please mail to The Lavender Effect, 5419 Hollywood Blvd., C-777, Hollywood, CA 90027.

    Or you can pay with a credit card online at mkt.com/the-lavender-effect/young-city-at-war-sponsorship

    You will be contacted by someone from our team in May 2015 with details and more information.

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  5. Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

    PFLAG has over 350 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states. The PFLAG model has spread to countries as far-flung as China and Israel, helping families cope with intolerance, in all its forms. See more at pflag.org .

    Capturing the oral histories of California PFLAG luminaries will be the beginning of a national project, facilitated by The Lavender Effect, to fully document the PFLAG history of love, support and wisdom for posterity. This is the next step in previous Oral History Projects supported by grants received from California Humanities, The City of West Hollywood and Wells Fargo Bank.

    Given the recent passings of Jeanne Manford, PFLAG Founder, and Adele Starr, PFLAG's first National President, this project is urgently needed.

    California PFLAGers embody an over 40 year record of support, education and advocacy for LGBT people and their families. Luminaries across the state, from former PFLAG National Presidents to API pioneer parents, will be recorded at the highest standards possible (i.e., USC Shoah Foundation‘s guidelines) including:

    Marsha Aizumi, President of the San Gabriel Valley API PFLAG chapter and PFLAG National Board Member.
    Betty DeGeneres, PFLAG Mom and activist (previously recorded) .
    Mitzi Henderson, former PFLAG National President
    Ellen Kameya, PFLAG Los Angeles member and API Pioneer
    Harold Kameya, PFLAG Los Angeles member and API Pioneer
    Julia Thoron, President of PFLAG San Francisco
    Sam Thoron, former PFLAG National President
    Andre Ting, PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Founder and API Pioneer
    Larry Starr, PFLAG Los Angeles founding member and husband of PFLAG's first National President, Adele Starr

    Go to the following URL for more information: thelavendereffect.org/projects/capflagohp/

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