LA Gay Center
LA Gay Center
Jamie Foxx and other stars are lending their support to raise awareness for the issue of homeless gay youth in Los Angeles.
In a chilling PSA for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the short film shows the story of a young man whose parents find out he's gay, and promptly kick him out of their home.
The boy ends up on the streets, is brutally raped, turns to drugs and eventually prostitution to make money. Towards the end, he contemplates suicide, standing on the ledge of a parking lot, preparing to jump.
"In most parts of the country, life is still enormously difficult for kids who are even perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered," Foxx said in the PSA.
"One of the most popular destinations for abandoned LGBT youth is Los Angeles, where they hope their dreams might come true," Elton John continued.
Lisa Ling, Lisa Vanderpump, David Furnish and James Wood all appear in the PSA as well to provide information about homeless gay youth to the public.
According to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, 40 percent of the homeless youth in Los Angeles are LGBT boys and girls.
The organization offers those young people counseling, GED preparation, job placement and mentoring to help them get off of the streets, as well as food, clothing, medical care and a place to stay.
Filmmaker Roland Emmerich, who was inspired by the PSA's message, will host the official debut of the PSA at his home in Los Angeles Saturday, as well as a benefit dinner cohosted by David Geffen, Jane Lynch, and Ryan Murphy, among others.