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Making LGBT Representation In Media a Reality

This past Sunday we had the pleasure to be part of “Spotlight on Diversity,” a panel discussion in LA to discuss the impact and importance of LGBT media representation. BAYCAT was invited as beneficiary of the Box Scene Project’s Mirror Scholarship & Fellowship, but also to celebrate our 10th birthday, and a decade of educating and empowering youth people in the digital media arts. We thank the Box Scene Project for throwing us a fun and thought-provoking “Party with Purpose”!

We are humbled and honored to be part of such an important movement and to be surrounded by so many great people, sharing their own experiences. We had the chance to interview some of them, from Lea DeLaria (Big Boo in Orange is the New Black), Amy Fox (The Switch), and Julie Vu (The Switch), to Sean Maher (Firefly), Dylan Marron (Welcome to Night Vale), Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Welcome to Night Vale), and Crissle West (The Read). We extend a gigantic thank you to Amelia from The Huffington Post for delivering such a moving keynote address. Look out for our highlight video, premiering soon on our website!

Also, we are supporting The Box Scene Project’s Mirror Scholarship & Fellowship: a campaign working to facilitate the entrance of diverse and underrepresented youth and independent content creators into the media and performing arts. We need to raise $35,000 in 35 days. Check out the Indiegogo campaign we just launched and help us spread the word.

 

10 Years Bold

BAYCAT is turning 10 years old, and for a decade our young media makers from low income communities have been at the cutting edge of producing untold, poignantly powerful stories from diverse and vibrant perspectives.  From Carlean, a 14-year old who came out as she made the award-winning short film, Finding Your Voice, to Isaac, who shares his experience living with Aspergers in his festival-featured autobiographical piece, “Talking About It.”