As a gay man, I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to play a gay character on TV whose sexuality isn't an issue
New York, NY (Vocus) December 6, 2010
“The Closer” returns to TNT tonight, and the cast of the hit show has a message for viewers – give the gift of a Safe Space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth this holiday season.
The cast filmed a PSA for GLSEN’s Safe Space Campaign to place a Safe Space Kit in every middle and high school in the country. The Kit provides educators with tools and resources to address anti-LGBT bullying and create a safe and affirming space for LGBT youth.
The Safe Space Campaign allows supporters to donate a Safe Space Kit to a school of their choice at http://www.SafeSpaceKit.com.
“As a gay man, I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to play a gay character on TV whose sexuality isn’t an issue,” said actor Jonathan Del Arco, who plays gay coroner Dr. Morales on the show. “But from my personal experience in and outside of high school, being gay certainly isn’t as easy as it can appear to be on TV.
“That’s why I encouraged my castmates at ‘The Closer,’ led by Kyra Sedgwick, to record a special PSA. Its message, in response to the tragic wave of gay teen suicides earlier this year, is very simple: every student, LGBT and straight, needs a safe space at school.”
TNT posted the PSA on “The Closer” website at http://www.tnt.tv/series/closer.
Sedgwick and husband Kevin Bacon also filmed a second PSA to support the campaign.
Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth experienced harassment in school in the past year because of their sexual orientation and nearly two-thirds because of their gender expression, according to GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey. The survey also found that having supportive educators drastically improves the school experiences of LGBT youth.
“The Closer” cast joins the cast of “Modern Family” and many other celebrities who have filmed PSAs for the Safe Space Campaign. Watch all the PSAs at http://www.YouTube.com/SafeSpaceKit.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit http://www.glsen.org.