As LGBTQ History Month comes to a close, I wanted to share with you a video I made about what I think is a special opportunity and the responsibility LGBTQ elders have to Queer youth. Our youth are particularly vulnerable, especially now. Not only are Queer kids not taught their history, they are too often left on their own to raise themselves, failed by families and institutions they should be able to rely on.
That’s where we have to step in.
Richie Jackson, Author
Richie Jackson is the author of Gay Like Me, published by HarperCollins. He writes the monthly column “In Gay We Trust” for The Advocate. He is an award-winning Broadway, television and film producer who most recently produced the Tony Award-nominated Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song on Broadway. He executive produced Showtime’s Nurse Jackie (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for “Best Comedy Series”) for seven seasons and co-executive produced the film Shortbus, written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell.
As an alumnus of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, he endowed a fellowship program at his alma mater in 2015 to assist graduates in the transition from academia to a lifelong career in the arts called The Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship.
He and his husband, Jordan Roth, were honored with The Trevor Project’s 2016 Trevor Hero Award. They live in New York City with their two sons.