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Neil Patrick Harris – Naked in New York

well…sort of.

Neil Patrick Harris is wearing nothing but a bowtie and a discretely placed top hat on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands Friday. The biggest openly gay male star in Hollywood history is starring as the titular transsexual German glam rocker in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a role for which he lost enough weight to give him an eight-pack and a few light-headed afternoons.

 

“He’s so skinny, and I think that really gives him power,” his fiancé David Burtka tells Rolling Stone. “His body is crazy right now.” (um, yeah, crazy hot and sexy!)

 

After years emphasizing his masculinity, Harris has had to work to play the effeminate Hedwig.


“I didn’t think he could pull off the femininity of [the role],” Burtka says. “This is such a stretch for him. In his day-to-day, he’s not a very feminine guy.” Harris, too, said that he had always been aware of how he presented himself, especially in his Doogie years. “I have always been highly aware of how I was presenting myself,” Harris admits. “Which, now that I’m playing overtly feminine and loving it, is kind of a stupid concern.”

more at RS

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Michael Alig Released from Jail and Returns to New York

Does anyone care? I want to know how you murder someone, chop up their body, and only get 17 years in jail?

New York City’s most infamous club kid from the ’90s, Michael Alig, has been released from prison after serving 17 years behind bars for first-degree manslaughter. He pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing, dismembering and dumping the body parts of his then-roommate, Andre “Angel” Melendez, into the Hudson River over a drug deal gone wrong.

“Alig effectively destroyed nightlife for many years,” Michael Musto, the Village Voice reporter who first broke Alig’s murder story in 1996, told Paper magazine in April. “The killing happened during the Rudolph Giuliani era when nightlife was portrayed [by the Mayor] as evil. It became uncool for many years to go out in costume in any way.”

ANDY WARHOL  said  everyone is famous  for  15 minutes  –  is Alig’s 15 minutes  up?  Young kids don’t even know who he is and they have no interest in the past.

Alig’s friend, World of Wonder curator and occasional TV personality James St. James, wrote Alig an open welcome-back-to-the-world letter, advising Alig on what movies, technologies, conversation topics, drugs and social outcasts he should know about now that he’s back on the outside. In the letter, he also offers Alig the following advice:

Speaking of clubs: You’ve become a bit of a legend since you went in (YOU’RE WELCOME) and you WILL stop the room the first few times you go out. It’s an odd sensation, but even odder is when it doesn’t happen. See, you’re old now, and although many of this generation were raised on Party Monster , sometimes you’ll find yourself in a room where everybody is completely CLUELESS. They’ve never seen the Geraldos or Phil Donahues or Jenny Joneses.

They’ve never heard of Angel. They don’t know or care who Julie Jewels was. They don’t even know who Andy Warhol was. A 21-year-old at WOW had never heard of Moby. MOBY. It’s weird. The generation that has the greatest access to knowledge in the history of mankind is the one that cares the least about it.

So there will be places where you go where NOBODY WILL RECOGNIZE YOU and NOBODY WILL CARE. And because you are no longer a cute little twink, 20-somethings will LOOK RIGHT THROUGH YOU. Or worse: SNEER at the old man. Joy Behar once said that after 35 nobody looks at you on the beach anymore, no matter how good you look. It’s true. And it’s true everywhere. My point: Enjoy the times people recognize you, because not being recognized when your old SUUUUUUUCKS.

 

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Sneak Peak – Harvey Fierstein’s New Play ‘Casa Valentina’

New Yorks Broadway genius

                      Harvey Fierstein is back!      Casa Valentina!

Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men — white-collar professionals with families — to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these ‘self-made women’ had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin.

WATCH BEHIND THE SCENES

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Lady Bunny CLOWNS SYNDROME! opens April 22nd at La Escuelita

“I am thrilled to announce my new 1 & 1/2 woman show:” CLOWNS SYNDROME!

It opens Tuesday April 22nd at

La Escuelita, New York City!

6 shows only–every Tuesday from 4/22-5/27. Special thanks to Mathu Andersen for the wonderful photo, Steve Lafreniere for the gawgeous graphics and my evil stepmother Beryl Mendelbaum for collaborating on some twisted new material for me! TIX ON SALE NOW!

For tickets/more info:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/629583 — at Enyclub.

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Green Haired Lady – Hedda Lettuce Art Show April 4th

HEDDA LETTUCE – the queen of green!

is having her first solo art show this week, beginning April 4th!

 

Titled: The Green Haired Lady (of course!) opens April 4th at 6:30pm. MCCNY Gallery 446 w 36th street.  It is a series of new works combining camp and spirituality, to create a series of portraits of the magical Green Haired Lady.

Performance by Hedda Lettuce at 8pm. Free wine and cheese!

  • 446 West 36th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues
  • New York, New York 10018
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Alec Baldwin Produces Barney Frank Doc and will debut at Tribeca Festival

A lot of people call Alec Baldwin homophobic and anti gay.

The former MSNBC host Alec Baldwin who came under fire in June for calling a reporter a “toxic little queen” on Twitter, has been caught on camera threatening the paparazzi and using anti-gay slurs while doing so.

TMZ, where you can watch the clip: The video shows Baldwin — who was with his wife and baby — taking off in angry pursuit after the pap (not ours) … yelling, cursing and calling him a “c**ksucking f*g.”

FAMOUS drag queen Lady Bunny came to his defense last month in Huffington Post. And I have to agree, Should we really be decimating the man’s entire career over a few angry words that flew out of his mouth during an angry exchange at the end of a draining trial? Dan points out, “We often revert to high-school-era insults when we’re deeply upset.”

It’s a great read!

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD reports: Alec Baldwin has signed on as executive producer of Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, a new documentary about the openly gay ex-Massachusetts Congressman which debuts next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Baldwin will be conducting a Q&A with Frank at Tribeca after the film’s April 27 festival premiere. “Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine,” he said in a statement. “His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – important for our country.”

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HEDWIG donates to LGBT Youth

The Producers of Hedwig and the Angry Inch have just announced they will form a charitable partnership with the NYC LGBT youth organization Hetrick-Martin Institute as part of the Broadway show’s run.

The Advocate reports:

The musical will donate a portion from each ticket sale to Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public transfer school where at-risk youth can learn without fear of physical or emotional attacks. According to a press release, the partnership ”will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support.”

“Hetrick-Martin Institute has always been a part of Hedwig‘s DNA and I’m thrilled HMI is able to join Hedwig on her journey to Broadway,” writes producer David Binder in a statement. “Our cast, creative team, and my fellow producers have been overwhelming in their support of this initiative benefiting this inspiring and incredibly important organization.”

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, begins preview performances this Saturday and opens April 22 at the Belasco Theatre. To find out more information about the show’s partnership with HMI and to purchase tickets HERE.

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Lady Gaga, G.U.Y and The OUT NYC

­ March 26, 2014 ­ Lady Gaga fans will be given unprecedented access to the costumes, props, art and more from the multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artist¹s latest video G.U.Y. when THE OUT NYC (510 W. 42nd Street) transforms into The G.U.Y. Hotel, presented by 42West, on Friday, March 28th at 1pm.

One lucky little monster will win a pair of tickets to Lady Gaga¹s April 7th sold-out show at Roseland Ballroom during the gallery exhibition.  THE OUT NYC¹s nightclub, BPM, and CLICK will also play host to the singer¹s official Roseland after-party on Friday, April 4th with her producer DJ White Shadow and Steven Redant of Bent Collective spinning.

 

G.U.Y., the third single from her latest album ARTPOP was filmed on location at Hearst Castle in Northern California, the first commercial production at the National & California Historical Landmark mansion since Stanley Kubrick’s film ³Spartacus² was filmed in the late 1950¹s.  The first single from ARTPOP, ³Applause² is her 12th top-ten Billboard Hot 100 single in the United States.  Lady Gaga wrote the treatment as well as directed the video, which includes cameos from Andy Cohen and the cast of Bravo¹s ³The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.²  The G.U.Y video, which launched on March 22nd on NBC and Vevo, is already closing in on 16.6 million views in just a few days.

Lady Gaga¹s G.U.Y. an ARTPOP Film can be viewed by visiting: http://vevo.ly/PQ4N4F

and her new album ARTPOP is available now at: http://smarturl.it/ARTPOPalbum

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Terrance McNally presents Mothers and Sons with Tyne Daly

The play everyone is talking about this month!   MOTHERS  AND  SONS!

4-time Tony Award winner  TERRENCE McNALLY
has a rich history of writing profound and entertaining works that feel uniquely connected to our times.

MOTHERS AND SONS is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today’s world.

At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. – I smell another TONY!

MOTHERS AND SONS stars Tony® and six-time Emmy® winner Tyne Daly

TICKETS and INFO

BEHIND THE SCENES

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Shery Lee Ralph in Mighty Real This Fall!

This INCREDIBLE Show comes back to New York after SOLD OUT runs in NYC, Miami and Washington, D.C..

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL®is a Musical, written by Anthony Wayne and Directed by Wayne and Kendrell Bowman. It tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view.

Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS, but, also, a symbol for unapologetically being who he was.The words and music of this show will enter your ear, soar through your heart and inspire your soul.

It’s GUARANTEED to have EVERYONE dancing in the aisles. Broadway Star Anthony Wayne (Broadway’s “PIPPIN”, “PRISCILLA”, “Anything Goes” [2011]) sings, lives and breathes life as the 1970’s Disco Singer SYLVESTER. The show, also, features Broadway’s Anastacia McCleskey (“PRISCILLA”; “HAIR”, “Book Of Mormon”) and Jacqueline B. Arnold (“We Will Rock You”, “PRISCILLA”) as The Two Tons of Fun/Weather Girls.

Taking the reigns as Costume Designer is Celebrity Stylist Kendrell Bowman (Recording Artists K. Michelle, Kanye West, David Banner, Lauriana Mae). Both Wayne & Bowman have stunned the masses with their collaborative Directorial Debut. Together, Wayne and Bowman create a memorable experience that takes the audience through the Essence that is SYLVESTER. They are, also, Lead Producers of the show and make up the team AnthonyKen, LLC.

The entire Creative Team and Additional Cast information will be announced at a later date.

Joining forces with AnthonyKen, LLC. as producing partner is Original Dreamgirl, Sheryl Lee Ralph and The D.I.V.A. Foundation.. With continued success on stage, screen, television and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”, and earning Best Actress noms for Tony and Drama Desk Awards.  Miss Ralph can currently be seen in Showtimes” Ray Donovaning heats up the screen with Jon Voight and also Nickelodeons new hit “Instant Mom” with Tia Mowry.

The D.I.V.A. Foundation (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware) is a national not-for-profit 501C (3) charitable organization founded by Sheryl Lee Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS as an original company member of Dreamgirls. The organization focuses on generating resources and coordinating artistic activities to create awareness of and combat HIV/AIDS. The D.I.V.A. Foundation utilizes music and entertainment as a vehicle to inform, educate and erase the stigma attached to this deadly disease.

As we acknowledge National AIDS Awareness Day, I know Sylvester is singing and dancing under that great disco ball in heaven and we prepare to light up Broadway with his music and memory.” Said Ralph

MIGHTY REAL is set to start Previews September 5th, 2014 at the Theatre at St. Clements.

Group Tickets (10+) go on Sale  NOW.

Individual Tickets go on Sale June 2nd, 2014.

Call OVATIONTIX at 866.811.4111 or go to www.FABULOUSSYLVESTER.com

Also, follow the show on Instagram and Twitter: @FABSYLVESTER

VIDEO LINKS:

LIVE Exclusive video from Prior Le Poisson Rouge NYC Concert

The “MAKING OF” Video

 

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CHER in Brooklyn May 9th

The tour not to miss in 2014!

CHER Dressed to Kill – with Cyndi Lauper in Brooklyn  May 9th. 2014.

 

More than 40 years of show business success Cher is that rare entertainment industry icon that defies classification. Continually referenced, adored, and examined, she belongs in the exclusive pantheon of performers who have not only outdistanced all of their contemporaries, but have, decade in and decade out, stubbornly navigated the transient whims of public taste and carved a permanent place for themselves in the hearts and minds of cinema, television, music and pop culture enthusiasts everywhere. The new CD is HOT!  The show will be HOTTER!

Tickets and info online!

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Amanda Lepore talks Transgender with INTO THE GLOSS

 

“[David LaChapelle] would always tell me that I was ‘the number-one transsexual in the world with a fully functional vagina,'” Lepore told Into The Gloss. (And when you call her cell phone, that is the recoding you get!)

“I became really proud of it. It wasn’t about trying to pass for a woman — I am anti that. I think it’s what set me apart from other transsexuals. It could have gone very wrong but instead it went right.”

Transsexual nightlife icon Amanda Lepore recently sat down with Into The Gloss to discuss her career, transitioning and her rise to prominence as a staple of New York’s downtown club scene.

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Bar d’O – History Repeats Itself with Raven O, Joey Arias and Sherry Vine!

Bar d’O Returns

It’s back! The infamous,scandalous and uber classy Bar d’O. Starring Joey Arias, Raven O and Sherry Vine
Special Musical Guest Michael Musto
SUNDAY NIGHT Feb 23
10PM
ACME Great Jones/Lafayette
$20 at Door First Come First Served

Those caught texting and tweeting during show will wish they were dead.

$20 Door fee goes to vital life support of all three stars including medication, shock therapy and incontinence intervention.  No Deadbeats Please!

WOW! This is going to be amazing!!!

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Celebrities in New York City

From Curbed  NY :  For the enthusiast of the sport that is celebrity spotting, rental listings site Rentenna just unveiled the latest version of its annual map that focuses on the Manhattan and Brooklyn abodes of A-list celebs (h/t Observer). Updates from 2013’s map include SJP‘s expansion into the West Village from Brooklyn Heights, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s buy into these health-centric condos at 66 East 11th Street, and Lady Gaga‘s upgrade to Central Park South from her Lower East Side days. One addendum: the map still shows Annie Leibovitz in the West Village, even after the recent $28.5 million sale of her famed compound.
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Miss Coco Peru PRAYS THE PREACHER Away

A Catholic high School has postponed a talk by a controversial priest
who encourages teens to “pray away the gay” — but the president of the
Bronx school defied angry gay groups by saying the lecturer will be invited back.

Father Donald Timone was scheduled to speak Tuesday night at Cardinal
Spellman High School about the Catholic group called Courage — which
encourages teens “struggling with same-sex attraction” to lead chaste
lives.

After outrage by lesbian and gay alumni, and some staffers, school
President Trevor Nicholls scrubbed the event — but this battle is not
over.

Miss Coco Peru, the alter ego of Clinton Leupp, took to social media to rally
fellow graduates of Cardinal Spellman when she heard that a retired
priest affiliated with Courage, a Catholic group that encourages teens
who suffer from “same sex attraction” to stay away from sex, was
scheduled to speak at the school. The meeting has been canceled.

“It’s hard enough being a teenager,” said Spellman grad Clinton Leupp.
“I look back at all of the suffering I did. All of the bullying. And
something like this just fosters that environment.”

Leupp, better known by his drag persona Miss Coco Peru, used social
media to draw attention to the Timone lecture, causing its cancellation,
however temporary.

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New Book looks at the history of New York Nightlife…THE FUN: THE SOCIAL PRACTICE OF NIGHTLIFE IN NYC

Surveying the evolving nature of nightlife in New York City,
THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC
is a first-of-its-kind publication, documenting the new forms of
nightlife practitioners to emerge since the turn of the millennium.
Through profiles of over 30 artists, including the royalty of Manhattan
nightlife like Susanne Bartsch and Ladyfag; hybrid forms like Xtapussy
and FCKNLZ; the continuation of minimal wave and goth communities
through Pendu Disco; and the vibrant queer scenes of JUDY, Frankie
Sharp, and My Chiffon is Wet, THE FUN documents the rich
contemporary cultural activity keeping NYC as weird and innovative as
decades past.
Accompanying these profiles are essays by a range of
voices in the nightlife, including artists Rob Roth and Genesis
P-Orridge, curators and critics Claire Bishop and Jake Yuzna, as well as
journalist Michael Musto providing both historical context and
contemporary understanding of nightlife as a vital artistic practice
that has been marginalized by the arts sector for hundreds of years.
THE FUN traces the history of nightlife as it has evolved,
from the explosion of large and small discos throughout the 1970s like
Studio 54, which paved the way for 80s megaclubs; the candy-colored club
kid movement of Michael Alig and the Limelight in the early 90s; the
parallel expansion of the boundary shattering merger of drag,
performance, and music in downtown venues such as the Pyramid Club and
Mother; the rise of Brooklyn as a new focal point in the 2000s with the
emergence of Luxx, Secret Project Robot, Silent Barn and other hybrid
arts/music/nightlife venues; and on into the many vibrant forms found
today.
 (Paperback, 8.5 x 10.33 inches, 336 pages, ISBN:
978-1-57687-659-6, $39.95)
Richie Rich and Traver Rains, aka  Heatherette got to enjoy the club scene as well as celebrity and notoriety. Pop culture loved Heatherette, but so did society princesses. Everyone
from Paris Hilton and Lydia Hearst to the Backstreet Boys, Foxy Brown
and Gwen Stefani was drawn to their taste for sparkly streetwear glam.
“The clothes were attention getting and fun,” Heatherette’s longtime
friend and muse Amanda Lepore remembers. “They had a distinct look,
which at that time — everyone wanted it. David LaChapelle was using it. All the
celebrities wanted it. It was in demand.”   (from Paper Mag).
Since their last show Rains moved to LA to pursue photography
while Rich is set to launching two fashion lines this spring: Rich
& Warr, a mens line, and a womens, Chantilly Rich, with Chantilly
Lace designer, Chantelle Warr. Although busy, Rich still has his eye on
the club scene. “It’s been fun watching the new generation of kids. When
I moved to New York I was ‘the new’ to the old nightlife generation,”
Richie says. “Now it’s fun to see all the new kids coming on the block
and dressing up. I feel like the style is coming back. Who knows, maybe
Heatherette will too.”
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HEAL THIS WAY by Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters November 12th

  Gaga’s Little Monsters’ 

       Heal This Way 
Charity Book Launch 
Tuesday November 12, 2013

Benefiting The Trevor Project

Tracey B. Wilson to Host Star Studded Little Monster Celebration with Launch of Heal This Way: A Love Story.

Appearances by special guests: TBA

Presentation by 

The Trevor Project and more!

WHAT: Lady Gaga’s fans share their feelings on coming out and bullying in new book ‘Heal
This Way: A Love Story’ published, compiled by a selection of Lady
Gaga’s fans aka Little Monsters, who share their emotions about coming
out, bullying, suicide and the need for acceptance. 


With photographs by Born This Way
tour photographer Tracey B. Wilson. The book was originally planned as a
‘get well’ to Gaga after she was forced to pull out of her 2013 tour
due to a hip injury. All proceeds from the launch party benefit The Trevor Project
in supporting LGBT youth on an anit-bullying platform. Our goal is to inspire, encourage,
and motivate LGBT youth , uplift the human spirit, build confidence, and raise awareness on the effects of bullying>

More info: Healthisway.com

TICKETS  $50-$150  ONLINE  NOW 

WHEN:              Tuesday, November 12th  7pm

 

WHERE:            Manhattan Ballroom – 2nd fl

                          29 West 36th Street        New York, NY 10018  

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John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Get Married in New York!

   John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are headed to the chapel in this first released image of the upcoming dramatic comedy “Love Is Strange,” provided exclusively to Variety.

Lithgow and Molina play a gay New York couple who finally decide to tie the knot after 38 years. The film is directed by Ira Sachs, who received a feature Independent Spirit Awards nomination for 2012′s “Keep the Lights On.”

  Read the whole scoop at VARIETY

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Cazwell explores the Selfie picture taking Phenomenon

  I personally do not take selfies. And I do not understand the people who do. Constantly. 

THE WEEK asked, Why are we so obsessed with selfies and, in particular, the people who take them?

The familiar if dull refrain is that selfies reflect the narcissism
of our age, spurred by the easy sharing capabilities of smartphones and
the cameras they house. Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr provide
potentially far-reaching platforms to broadcast close-ups of our faces,
particularly the ones we deem fit for consumption by others.

Cazwell’s
new track takes aim at all those Instagram over-sharers (you know who
they are) who just can’t stop taking photos of their hot bods.

“It reflects our ever-growing need to be viewed as popular and attractive,” says the gay rapper.

Check out the video directed by up-and-coming Viennese producer Dizzy Bell.

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Ronnie Kroell will Walk 900 Miles from Chicago to new York City

  Ronnie Kroell and Elliot 
London, Co founders of THE FRIEND MOVEMENT will walk 921 miles, Chicago
to New  York

 

Kroell and London will walk 921 miles – over 37 days to raise awareness for increased bullying prevention efforts
across the country. 

 The walk, to coincide with National Bullying
Prevention Month, will begin on Saturday, Oct. 5 from The Bean in Millennium
Park in Chicago and end on Sunday, November 10 in New York City. Both men are
from Chicago, and decided to start their journey there.

London and Kroell  launched the FRIEND MOVEMENT, in response to the increasing number of suicides being committed
as a result of bullying.  Both men were subjected to bullying, and the
two  were inspired to establish the
movement in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University
student who jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge in New York
three years ago after being severely cyber-bullied by his dormitory roommate.
And they have filmed a documentary, “Friend” about bullying which is
currently in final stages of production.

London said, ” It is so important for me to make this
film. Our goal is to showcase the struggles of present day teens, and adults
for that matter, being bullied with the technology that we have all embraced.”

“Tyler may have been a young gay man, but bullying does
not discriminate.” said film maker London. ” It affects people
of all races, ages, religions, genders, sexualities, socio-economic backgrounds
and more,” adds London.  “And the impact of bullying is
profound.  It can lead to a plethora of physical and psychological problems
that can be life-long, in addition to suicide, which, by the way, is the number
one cause of death among school and college students in the U.S.” 

Individuals can join FRIEND
MOVEMENT by visiting its indiegogo campaign
, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/friend-movement-walk
For a $20 donation, participants will receive a specially made FRIEND MOVEMENT
watch, as well as a purple ribbon that can be sent back, in a postage-paid
envelope provided by the movement, to The Tyler Clementi Foundation with a
personalized dedication to a friend or family member.  Each ribbon will be
placed on the site of the closing ceremony of the walk in New York City. 

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