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JEZA BELLE’S SHORT SCREENPLAY DIVERSE VOICES WINNER

Jeza Belle’s SONG OF CHEER AGAIN recently won WeScreenPlay’s Diverse Voices contest in the Short Screenplay category. This contest is committed to “promoting and encouraging diverse voices and stories” in Hollywood and had close to 1,000 entries in the Spring 2017 competition. In SONG OF CHEER AGAIN, a mother is distraught when her gay son comes out to her as a drag queen.

In addition to SONG OF CHEER AGAIN, Jeza’s feature screenplay BLOOD ROUGE has film festivals in 2017 and placed in three others. Feature screenplay ARTHUR & SAMSON and short screenplay BUCKY have also both placed in two additional contests each.

NYC’s PRIDE IDOL

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CALLING ALL SINGERS:

Jeza Belle is thrilled to announce she will be co-hosting NYC’s PRIDE IDOL Friday, June 5th along with sensational singer Thos Shipley. The event will be judged by VH1 host Bobby Rivers,  Donna Summer Tribute Artist Rainere Martin, and award-winning comedian Kich Kiamco and will serve as a fundraiser for the Ali Forney Center to support LGBTQ homeless youth.

SHOW INFORMATION
The 1st Annual “Pride Idol” contest at Fort Washington Collegiate Church will take place on Friday, June 5, 2015 at Fort Washington Collegiate Church 729 West 181 Street in NYC.

AUDITION INFORMATION
A cast of featured vocalists and performers for the show is reviewed and selected by email submissions (vocalists will be backed up by our live trio or music tracks provided by the performer)
Each featured vocalist will perform one song, but should be prepared for a second song if requested. There will be no dress rehearsal. Selected performers shall arrive one hour before doors open, at 6pm, ready to perform. Doors open at 7pm. Showtime will start at 8pm.
Audition is by email (not in person). Please send a video link or audio file recordings of you performing tobeyondlabelsfwcc@gmail.com under the subject “Pride Idol Audition.” Performers selected by these auditions will be contacted via email. With the anticipated high volume of audition entries, it may not be possible for all entrants to perform on June 5th. Questions regarding the event should be directed to Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons atguthrie@fortwashingtonchurch.org.

Submission deadline is May 30, 2015.
Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number.

AUDITION TIPS`
Please email your entry with an audio file or video link for your entry – do not send us a CD, DVD or tapes. We listen to all submissions, but a good quality recording represents your best efforts..

The gala celebration is hosted by Fort Washington Collegiate Church and its Beyond Labels LGBTQI Ministry. Proceeds for the event go to help the Ali Forney Center, which works to support LGBTQ homeless youth

The Conservative War Against LGBTs Has A Terrifying Future

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Religious exemption laws and the dismissive attitude toward federal law are setting up seriously scary precedents. Read all about it in Jeza Belle’s Op-Ed in the Advocate.com here!

Celebrities Leverage Their Power to Address NYC’s LGBTQ Homeless Youth Crisis

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Roaring fires, holiday parties, trees, ornaments and cheer jingle their bells in the forefront of our minds during this holiday season. While our homes and hearths are places of comfort and joy for yuletide festivities, an alarmingly large number of gay and lesbian youth have no home in which to celebrate the season.

It is estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of all homeless youth in New York City are members of the LGBTQ community. In most cases, these teens have been either kicked out by family members for their sexuality or forced to live in a household so oppressive that flight seems the only viable option.  Teens must often choose between physical abuse at home and the lonely dangers of the street.

Fortunately, over the past several years, a number of celebrities are helping turn the tide by using their power to address this crisis. One such celebrity is Pop Icon Cyndi Lauper. Cyndi recently launched the Forty to None Project in an effort to bring awareness to the plight of homeless LGBTQ youth, a cause which she herself found to be urgent. While participating in a magazine photo shoot in the West Village of New York City, the songstress was struck by the stories of young men and women living on the nearby streets of the pier. As a result, she founded the project, in connection with her True Colors Fund, in an effort to educate and empower the gay and lesbian community on the issue.

In addition to Cyndi Lauper, celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s name has become synonymous with the Ali Forney Center. The center, founded in 2002, was created specifically to address the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth by providing them with both housing referrals and important resources and care to meet a variety of needs.   Ruiz can often be seen rallying for the center’s cause both in social media and in his day to day life. In fact, Mike is such a strong advocate that he even used his own birthday this year as a vehicle to raise funds for the center.

While homeless youth are subject to far higher rates of violence, drug abuse and health challenges, there is hope on the horizon for these teens. Leveraging their celebrity, people like Cyndi Lauper and Mike Ruiz are helping to shine a spotlight on this crisis.   This holiday season, let us consider following their lead by giving directly to organizations that impact the lives of our LGBTQ homeless youth.

For more information on the Forty to None Project, visit http://fortytonone.org .  For additional information on The Ali Forney Center, visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org .

When U.S. Gays Go Political

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The LGBTQ community has begun to flex its political muscle in recent years with significant results.

sosogay.co.uk/2012/when-gays-go-political/

Jenettha Baines Author of 100 of the Most Influential Gay Entertainers Interview

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Jeza Belle interviews Jenettha Baines, Author of 100 of the Most Influential Gay Entertainers for So So Gay Magazine.

sosogay.co.uk/2012/100-of-the-most-influential-gay-entertainers-interview-with-jenettha-baines/

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