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Subject: General Hospital Airs PSA Urging Millions of Viewers to Visit GLAAD.org
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 21:44:33 -0800
From: GLAAD <gl...@glaad.org>
Reply-To: Bounces <bou...@glaad.org>
To: t...@tomdempsey.com


be an ally and a friend

ABC's General Hospital Airs GLAAD Public Service Announcement Promoting Awareness of LGBT Issues to Millions of Viewers

Click here to watch the General Hospital PSA


Dear Friend of GLAAD:

This week on ABC's longest-running soap, General Hospital's Lucas, one of the show's principle youth characters, was a victim of a brutal gay bashing.

To help counter the impact of hate and violence, the producers of the Emmy-winning program paired the episode with a public service ad (PSA) urging the show's loyal audience to become "an ally and a friend" to gay people. Ben Hogestyn, (Lucas) and Lindze Letherman (Georgie) send viewers to GLAAD.org to find resources for parents, youth, families and friends who, as straight allies, can help LGBT people in the coming-out process, and help convey the importance of equality, fairness, tolerance, and mutual respect.

The General Hospital episode and accompanying PSA will introduce millions of viewers to GLAAD and our programs, thanks to multiple airings over the next two weeks on both ABC and on the national cable network SoapNet.

Turning a plot development on ABC's leading daytime drama into a "teachable moment" for millions of viewers followed many months of work by Damon Romine, GLAAD's entertainment media director, including media training for actor Ben Hogestyn and story ideas and resources to General Hospital's writers.

Click on http://www.glaad.org/PSA2006/ to view the General Hospital PSA and explore the "Be and Ally. Be a Friend" resource. Even better, copy this address (http://www.glaad.org/PSA2006/) and send it to your straight friends and allies and urge them to help spread the word about this valuable resource.

And please don't forget to click on http://www.glaad.org/support/ to help support the continuing work that makes things like this PSA possible.

Warmly,
Neil Giuliano
Neil Giuliano
President

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