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December 6, 2002

Contact: Jasmyne Cannick or Charlotte M. Young
(310) 775-3153

Groundbreaking Documentary On African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Coming Out Experiences Sends Out Call For Participants

Los Angeles, CA ( Dec. 06, 2002) Barely Breaking Even Productions, a collaboration between journalist and publicist Jasmyne Cannick and long time activist and writer Charlotte M. Young, are seeking participants for a full length documentary film exploring coming out stories of African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Barely Breaking Even Productions a division of Bamboo Media, has embarked upon a three-prong project to include a documentary film, a photography book and a photo-text exhibit. “My personal goal is to incite the black family to start talking more openly about sexual orientation and I believe that once we see the diversity of gay people and hear their stories, this in itself will help to combat homophobia in the black community and more specifically in the black church,” comments Young.

African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people wishing to participate need only to call (310) 775-3153 or email for a preliminary interview. Participant selection will begin immediately through March of 2003 with priority given to those who reply first. All ages are welcome.

The filmmaker’s mission is to create a body of work that brings about social change within the African-American community. This project endeavors to create a safe place for people to talk openly about sexual orientation, to educate the black community about the complexities of sexual identity and to document the coming out experiences of African-American gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. This is in an effort to combat homophobia, promote tolerance and increase the understanding of various sexual orientations through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

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