teens who experienced negative feedback were more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2009
Showtime documentary series "Way Out" launches nationwide search for gays & lesbians who want to come out on television.
Showtime Networks, Executive Producer Bryn Freedman (A&E's "Intervention") and Casting Producer Adam Drucker (A&E's "Intervention") are searching nationwide for gays and lesbians who want to come out to important people in their lives and are willing to share that journey on TV.
The documentary series "Way Out" (http://www.wayoutdocumentary.com) will profile gays and lesbians coming out to significant people in their world. The show's aim is not only to help the people profiled and the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community in general, but also to use television's vast reach and power to enlighten and increase understanding of what it's like to feel compelled to hide an essential part of oneself.
The production team of "Way Out" was alarmed by the recent San Francisco State University study about family response to a teen's coming out and its conclusion that "teens who experienced negative feedback were more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide." The glimmer of hope the study offered however was that "parents who take even baby steps to respond with equanimity instead of rejection can dramatically improve a gay youth's mental health outlook." By raising awareness and visibility, "Way Out" hopes to help people take those "baby steps" or better.
The show will offer subjects a forum in which to show what life in the closet is like, to explain why they've chosen to come out now and to accompany them during this transformational event. The producers will treat the people profiled and their loved ones with the utmost care, dignity and respect and will provide a support system of counselors and therapists throughout the process.
Sharing producing duties with Freedman is film & television producer Todd Shotz whose on-line video campaign against Prop 8 in California was honored on March 14 with the first-ever Human Rights Campaign E-Hero Award, which pays tribute to the year's most effective, influential and entertaining LGBT viral video.
The show's website is http://www.wayoutdocumentary.com.