Bierdz explains, “I didn’t want to OUT any movie stars, so I painted straight ones as if they were gay. I realized I could give people a visual of the inevitable future when gay movie stars can come out and get married. I wanted people to see it’s sweet,
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) November 06, 2011
Thom Bierdz is daytime television’s only OUT actor who has bravely climbed out on a limb, painting 28 (allegedly) straight icons as 14 gay married couples. Bierdz explains, “I didn’t want to OUT any movie stars, so I painted straight ones as if they were gay. I realized I could give people a visual of the inevitable future when gay movie stars can come out and get married. I wanted people to see it’s sweet, not scary.”
Belsito-Roché Fine Art Gallery opened in June of 2009. Co-owners and partners Paul Belsito and Steven Roche wanted to showcase something that would bring a “loud and clear” message to the public. “Openly-gay couples, marriage equality and tolerance indeed have come so far since we’ve opened our doors; but we as a community and a nation have yet so far to go”, comments Belsito.
Roche adds, “That’s when we felt the need for this to be a charity fundraiser for this particular art exhibit. Thom’s newest work expresses it perfectly. We contacted Deputy Executive Director for the ACLU of Southern California, James Gilliam, who is working on passing Seth’s Law. The new law will grant LGBT students additional security and protection in our schools from bullying and anti-gay harassment issues, which have led to increased cases of school violence, cyber-bullying and most recently teen suicides.”
In addition to being a talented actor and painter and now more than ever involved in the art community with The American Art Awards (his own foundation) (http://www.americanartawards.com), Thom Bierdz is also author of the award-winning book “Forgiving Troy.” Bierdz will also be giving away free copes of his book/memoirs to further promote the charity along with his strong statement-themed art show. The book-signing will be held at Belsito-Roché Fine Art Gallery on Saturday, December 10th from 7-10PM with yet another chance to meet Bierdz in person.
“HOLLYWOOD IN RED” opens Saturday, November 19th, 2011, with a special engagement VIP fundraiser from 5-7PM and artist reception immediately following from 7-10PM for the general public. The exhibit will be on display through January 21, 2012. *10% of all proceeds will be donated to The Seth Walsh Project on behalf of The ACLU.
- Kat Kramer (Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World)
- George Barris (Famous Car Designer: Batmobile)
- Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds)
- Raja (RuPaul's Drag Race)
- Robin Riker (The Bold and the Beautiful)
- Talaya Trigueros (Dj Personality for 94.7 The Wave)
Belsito-Roché Fine Art Gallery is located at: 1734 East Broadway. For Gallery Hours and more information, please call: (562) 432-7799 or go to: http://www.belsitorochegallery.com. E-mail us directly at: info(at)belsitorochegallery(dot)com
For more information on The Seth Walsh Project and its programs or to make a donation, please visit The ACLU of Southern California website:
You can also e-mail the project directly at: sethwalshproject(at)aclu-sc(dot)org