Posts Tagged ‘GLAAD’

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is the Toast of the GLAAD Awards

April 23, 2013

perks posterSaturday night in LA, the second of three big GLAAD Media Award ceremonies honored the brilliant film The Perks of Being a Wallflower as the Best Film in Wide Release last year. Perks was my second favorite of 2012 (after Les Miserables) and was an incredibly deserving winner on a night full of them. Honoring the best representations of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in various media forms, the Gay Alliance Against Defamation also honored The New Normal as the Best Comedy of the Year. (I was thrilled again as I was lucky enough to do a guest spot on that wonderful show at the beginning of this year.) Other winners included Days of Our Lives, American Horror Story: Asylum, Raising Hope and former President Bill Clinton who received the inaugural Advocate for Change Award… For more on the show and the funny flub by presenter Jennifer Lawrence, head to the GLAAD website here. And check out the winners below.

2013 GLAAD Media Award Winners (LA Ceremony)

Advocate for Change Award: Bill Clinton

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Steve Warren

Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment), accepted by writer-director Stephen Chbosky with Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman

Outstanding Comedy Series: The New Normal (NBC), accepted by co-creators Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler with Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Jayson Blair, NeNe Leakes

Outstanding Individual Episode: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do” Raising Hope (Fox), accepted by show creator Greg Garcia with Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: American Horror Story: Asylum (FX), accepted by show creator Ryan Murphy

Outstanding Daily Drama: Days of Our Lives (NBC), accepted by: Freddie Smith

Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: The Children by Michael Elyanow

Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: “Confirma su identidad como mujer” Showbiz (CNN en Español)

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: TIE: “Los transexuales buscan su identidad en medio de ignorancia y prejuicios” Encuentro (CNN en Español) and “La vida en rosa” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)

Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Gays y padres excelentes” by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)


Madonna and “Smash” Shine at the GLAAD Awards

March 17, 2013

Last night, Grammy winning Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Icon and long time LGBT supporter Madonna honored Anderson Cooper with the “Vito Russo” Award at the New York GLAAD Media Awards. Her speech was funny, fierce and important as she took on the inequality, bullying, lack of tolerance and love in our world and how we need more people like the brave and admirable Cooper who work to change it. It was a wonderful speech as was Coopers when he accepted the award. Check out both inspirational, emotional and important speeches below. Then, head to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website here for all the news on the show which also honored Smash as the Outstanding Drama Series, the amazing Oscar nominated film How to Survive a Plague for Outstanding Documentary and The Amazing Race as the Outstanding Reality Series of the year…. GLAAD will have more ceremonies in LA and San Francisco over the next few weeks honoring film, music and journalists as well.

Madonna’s Speech honoring Anderson Cooper at the GLAAD Awards

Anderson Cooper Accepting the Vito Russo Award

GLAAD Award Winners:

– Outstanding Drama Series: Smash (NBC)
– Outstanding Documentary: How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
– Outstanding Reality Program: The Amazing Race (CBS)
– Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Game Changer” by Andy Mannix (City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.])
– Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
– Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The Boston Globe
– Outstanding Magazine Article: “School of Hate” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (Rolling Stone)
– Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
– Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
– Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: From White Plains written by Michael Perlman in collaboration with Fault Line Theatre
– Outstanding Talk Show Interview: “Entrevista con Orlando Cruz” Titulares Telemundo (Telemundo)
– Outstanding Magazine Article: “Amor genuino” by Cristina Saralegui (People en Español)
– Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Operación tolerancia: la lucha contra la homofobia en los medios hispanos” by Lilia Luciano (
– Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “2013: Año clave para la comunidad gay” by Ramón Frisneda (

On a side note, GLAAD also gave its inaugural “Ally Award” to filmmaker Brett Ratner for launching the “Coming Out for Equality” PSA campaign. While that is great, it is way too soon to honor this homophobic and ignorant jerk just one year after he was fired from producing the Oscars for his behavior and speech about gay people. I’m happy he is trying to mend fences, but really? He needs to prove it other than saving his own face with this PSA campaign because I don’t believe for a second that he is completely reformed. It’s really a shame that they gave him this award. Maybe and hopefully he will truly deserved it in a few years, but for now I’m disappointed…. Ok, rant done…. Now, let’s concentrate on those great and meaningful speeches from Madge and Coop!

My Short Film “the things i cannot change” comes to Los Angeles this Week!

October 22, 2012

After playing cities like Austin, TX and New York, NY, the first short film I co-produced and co-starred in, the things i cannot change, is coming home to Los Angeles. Our dramatic film will be playing the Reel Recovery Film Festival this Saturday October 27th at 3:30pm in the “Shorts on a Saturday Afternoon Program 2”. I am beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of this festival that focuses on addiction, alcoholism and recovery from those issues. It’s a perfect fit for our film as it explores addiction and how it affects two people picking up the pieces from a friend’s death by overdose.
the things i cannot change was written and directed by Chris Phillips who adapted the short from a scene in his GLAAD nominated play revolver. Phillips co-produces the film alongside myself and Cory Schneider who also stars in the film. things focuses on the lives of a recently deceased drug addict’s ex-lover Noah (Jason Boegh) and best friend Patrick (Cory Schneider) who unexpectedly collide for a heated confrontation. Old grievances are aired and blame is tossed about like a weapon as the two come to grips with losing the man they both loved…. things also features new music from the supremely talented singer/songwriter Michael Patrick Coughlin including his brilliant song composed for the film “Some Things”.

I hope you can come and see our little film that could. It’s a very personal film and one we are quite proud of. Take a look at all of the screening information below and head to the Reel Recovery Film Festival site here for more info and tickets. (We are also playing the Reel Recovery Film Festival in Fort Lauderdale next month if you are in Florida!)
Thanks so much!

the things i cannot change screening at the Reel Recovery Film Festival Los Angeles
Saturday Oct. 27 at 3:30pm
Laemmle Monica 4-plex
1332 2nd Street,
Santa Monica, 90401
Advanced tickets are only $ 5

And here’s the trailer for our film the things i cannot change. Head to our Facebook page and “like” us too!

And here’s a link to Michael Patrick Coughlin’s beautiful song “Some Things”

Stand Up Against Bullying~ It’s National Spirit Day

October 19, 2012

Today is National Sprit Day, the annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Join the fight against bullying which has become an epidemic in our schools, online and across the country. Head to GLAAD here for more information. Thanks so much!

Catch our Film “the things i cannot change” in New York this Weekend!

September 26, 2012

From one film festival to the next, I am all over the place! Last weekend, the hilarious short I co-produced and starred in, Dirty Talk, had its premiere at the Cinema Diverse Palm Springs International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and this weekend, the first short I co-produced and starred in, the things i cannot change, will be having its New York premiere at the Reel Recovery Film Festival. I’ve got you covered with comedy and drama from coast to coast!
things is a wonderful and emotional dramatic short written and directed by my friend and a recent New York transplant, playwright Chris Phillips starring myself (Jason Boegh) and the brilliant Cory Schneider. The film explores the lives of a recently deceased drug addict’s ex-lover and best friend who unexpectedly collide in a heated confrontation. Old grievances are aired and blame is tossed about like a weapon as the two come to grips with losing the man they both loved. things was adapted from Phillips’ GLAAD Award nominated play revolver. It’s a very personal film for all of those involved and I really hope you get a chance to see it.

All of the screening information is below. We will also be playing the Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale editions of the Reel Recovery Festival this fall. For more on Reel Recovery Film Festival (born from the Writers in Treatment group) which focuses on films that deal with addiction, alcoholism, recovery, and treatment etc, head here. For more on the things i cannot change, head to our Facebook page here…

Thanks so much for your support. I hope you enjoy our film!!!

the things i cannot change at the Reel Recovery Film Festival

New York City:
Saturday Sept. 29th at 2pm
Quad Cinema
34W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011
* Writer/Director/Producer Chris Phillips will be in attendance  

Los Angeles:
Saturday October 27th at 4pm
Laemmle Monica 4-plex
1332 2nd Street
Santa Monica, 90401
* Producers/Stars Jason Boegh and Cory Schneider will be in attendance

Fort Lauderdale:
Saturday November 3rd at 12pm

Ft. Lauderdale
Floridians for Recovery’s
REEL Recovery Film Festival with Writers In Treatment
Hyatt Regency Bonaventure
250 Racquet Club Road,
Weston, FL 33326

the things i cannot change
Produced by Jason Boegh, Chris Phillips & Cory Schneider
Written & Directed by Chris Phillips
Cinematography by David C. Bryant and Daniel Thron
Edited by David Quantic
Music by Michael Patrick Coughlin including the original song “Some Things”

And here’s the trailer for our film, the things i cannot change:

“Pieces” comes to New York City

August 8, 2012

Hey all my New York based friends and readers, this one is for you. This weekend my dear friend Chris Phillips brand new play Pieces makes its NYC debut at the New York International Fringe Festival. The play is a great drama and murder mystery rolled into one as a powerful gay Hollywood producer is murdered and a damaged young man is accused of the crime while being defended by an ambitious and conflicted Public Defender. This new work examines the fragmentation of culture and more specifically gay culture and the struggles individuals have with their own identities. It’s a wonderful, searing and provocative piece that first played in Los Angeles in April. I’m so proud of Chris and my other dear friend Brian Zimmer who directed the show. I urge all of you to get out and see it asap. Plus, you will be treated to some great performances by a cast including Paolo Andino, Jonathan Gibson, Chris Salvatore and the tremendous Joe Briggs and Nina Millin who play a reporter working on the murder story and the Prosecutor for the trial. I have to give special props to those last two actors who I thought stole the show when I saw it this Spring. For more on the show, head here. For more on the NYC Fringe Festival, head here. And check out the performance information below. Congrats on Pieces everyone!

PIECES at the New York Fringe Festival

Saturday, August 11th – 12:30 PM
Tuesday, August 14th – 5:45 PM
Wednesday, August 15th – 6:30 PM
Thursday, August 16th – 4:30 PM
Sunday, August 19th – 8:00 PM

Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street
New York, NY 10014


And on a side note, the great dramatic short film I produced and starred in with Cory Schneider that Chris Phillips wrote, directed and produced, the things i cannot change, is also coming to New York City at the Reel Recovery Film Festival. things was adapted from a scene in another fantastic play by Phillips, revolver, that was nominated for a GLAAD Award. Our tense drama will have it’s New York premiere on Sat. September 29th. For more on the film, head here and check out the trailer for things here.

Shameless Self Promotion~ “Sammy Kingsford: Manager to the Stars”!

May 7, 2012

Hey readers,
I’m at it again, shamelessly self promoting my latest project. This time it’s the first episode of my hilarious new mockumentary web series Sammy Kingsford: Manager to the Stars. This hysterical comedy was created by the immensely talented Rick Simone who also plays the title character, a glamorous talent manager named Sammy Kingsford who wants to restore Hollywood to its glory days. I play his incredibly optimistic and enthusiastic assistant Matthew St. Peters (who is also one of Sammy’s clients). In upcoming episodes, Sammy and Matthew will be searching for new talent, working to make them big stars, and we will also look into Sammy and Matthew’s fascinatingly funny personal lives. Check out the first episode below. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this one. It’s such a riot and I’m trilled to be working with Simone again who I did the GLAAD nominated play Revolver with almost two years ago. Enjoy Sammy Kingsford, “like” it on YouTube and stay tuned for more episodes. Thanks!!!
Jason Boegh

Sammy Kingsford: Manager to the Stars

And P.S.- watch for me on ABC’s Scandal season finale on May 17th and my latest short film Dirty Talk due later this summer.

Say No to Hate with Adele and “Brokeback Mountain”

March 14, 2012

Check out this incredible new video clip by Gomnitus that mashes up Grammy winning superstar Adele and the wonderful and powerful film Brokeback Mountain. The clip was made to promote the “Say No to Hate” campaign which fights bullying and promotes equality. It’s a beautiful marriage of a transcendent song and film. I still can’t believe Brokeback didn’t win Best Picture losing to the far inferior Crash. (For that matter, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams should’ve won that year too. At least it nabbed Director for Ang Lee, Screenplay and Score). On the other hand, this film has become a classic and an enduring love story for all time. Just try not to shed a tear when you watch. And continue to fight for equality by heading to sites like It Gets Better and GLAAD.

“Someone Like You/Brokeback Mountain

Happy National Coming Out Day!

October 11, 2011

I don’t know if Diana Ross had any idea when she recorded “I’m Coming Out” that it would become an anthem for the LGBT community in 1981. However, it did and it became a top ten hit too. So, well done Diana and thanks for this great song that we use today to celebrate National Coming Out Day.
Today, October 11, is National Coming Out Day — the internationally observed day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and LGBT civil rights movement. For more on today’s event and the upcoming National Spirit day, head to the GLAAD website here. And be out and proud readers!

Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out”

Shameless Self Promotion~ “the things i cannot change”

August 19, 2011

Hey readers,
I’m at it again! I’m up to a little self promotion, lol… This time it’s for a project that’s very personal to me, the short film the things i cannot change which I co-produced and starred in. It’s about to have a World Premiere! I’ve got all the info for you below. Enjoy

Our great dramatic short film, the things I cannot change is set to screen for the first time at the 24th Annual Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Sept 11, 2011. I hope anyone who lives nearby can make it. I will keep you updated on screenings closer to home (L.A. for most of you) and you can find updates on our film anytime on Facebook. (Please take a moment to support the film by clicking “Like” on the home page!) Take a look at the film info, links and a trailer link below. Thanks so much for your support.
Jason Boegh

the things I cannot change
Written & Directed by Chris Phillips
(Adapted from his GLAAD nominated play Revolver)
Starring Jason Boegh & Cory Schneider
Music by Michael Patrick Coughlin
Produced by Jason Boegh, Chris Phillips & Cory Schneider
Film Synopsis: The lives of a recently deceased drug addict’s ex-lover and best friend unexpectedly collide for a heated confrontation. Old grievances are aired and blame is tossed about like a weapon as the two come to grips with losing the man they both loved

Facebook Film Site:!/pages/The-Things-I-Cannot-Change-short-film/201468076532546

Imdb link:

TRAILER for the things I cannot change (thanks for the edit David Neuendorff!) on youtube:

Sunday September 11th, 2011 at 4:15pm
“Boys Shorts” program at the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

For more information on the festival and for tickets click this link:

Thanks everyone so much for your support. This film has been such a wonderful labor of love and we’re very proud of it. I hope you all get a chance to see it and enjoy it too. If you have any questions, comments, etc. let me know.

All the Best,