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    OUT OF THE BOX DOCUMENTARY

    Out of the Box: How America Came Out on Television

    Out of the Box

    The Resistance IS being televised. And nothing less than our LGBTQ civil rights are at stake.

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    WHY THIS STORY?
    Now more than ever, television plays the most powerful role in creating awareness and visibility for LGBTQ Americans. That visibility has led to tremendous gains for the LGBTQ community, including marriage equality.

    Yet today that same medium — television — has created the greatest threat to our basic civil rights. Homophobia has been emboldened by a climate of anti-political correctness that is encouraged by Donald Trump, our first reality TV president.

    With your help, OUT OF THE BOX will — for the first time — tell the complete story of the unique role television has played in advancing LGBTQ rights. It will also pull back the curtain to reveal how the new reality on television is threatening to turn back the clocks, slam the closet door, and make America straight again.

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    To protect our future, we must preserve our past. Help us protect our right to see LGBTQ Americans represented proudly on TV by contributing today.

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    More than 39 people who have played major roles in that story— from Neil Patrick Harris to Laverne Cox, from Jussie Smollett to Rachel Maddow—have already been interviewed for OUT OF THE BOX. But there are still important figures from the history of LGBTQ TV with whom we need to speak—and your tax-deductible support today will allow us to preserve their stories.

    With your help, OUT OF THE BOX will tell the complete story of how LGBTQ images on television continue to change America.

    WHY NOW?

    Our country is becoming more divided than ever before, and LGBTQ issues are on the front line of that growing divide. One of the first actions of the Trump administration was to repeal laws protecting transgender youth—and we are watching these dramatic events play out in real time on television.

    OUT OF THE BOX takes us back to the beginning, when gay people on television were invisible, and brings us right up to the present, when widespread acceptance now faces a dangerous, threatening backlash. As Executive Producer Wilson Cruz says, "In order to protect our future, we must understand our past."

    Remember these moments?

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    All in the Family: In only its fifth episode, this groundbreaking Norman Lear sitcom brought the first openly gay character into America's living rooms—in 1971.

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    The Ellen Show: 42 million viewers watched a beloved comedian and television star come out on her sitcom and in real life simultaneously, inspiring a generation of Americans. 

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    Transparent: For the first time, the struggles of transgender Americans are portrayed on television, bringing the issue of trans rights to the forefront of our cultural consciousness.  

    HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELPS

    OUT OF THE BOX takes us behind the scenes for the first time to hear from the people who have played key roles in representing LGBTQ images and issues on television. These writers, actors, directors, and producers dramatically changed the climate in our culture toward tolerance, acceptance, and equality for LGBTQ people. 

    We’ve already spoken with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jill Soloway, Martin Sheen, Sean Hayes, George Takei, Normal Lear, Jennifer Beals, and many others—but there are a dozen or more interviews essential to the completion of this story. Some are on the verge of being confirmed, and we will be announcing them in the days to come.

    Your contribution will help us complete production of OUT OF THE BOX by paying for:

    • Travel expenses to interview the final 12+ people who are essential to completing the film. 
    • Production expenses to hire camera operators, editors, mixers, lighting crew, sound assistants, production assistants, and grips and to pay for essential equipment necessary to complete these final interviews. 
    • Copyright expenses to secure permission for the television clips that must appear in the film to tell the full story of LGBTQ history on television. 

    Our goal is to complete OUT OF THE BOX for release by December 2017. Every dollar and every contribution you make creates a HUGE difference. And your contribution is completely tax-deductible, minus the value of your rewards!

    Please pitch in today and help us get across the finish line. We are so very close. With your help, we can all make history together.

    REWARDS

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    Out of the Box Documentary is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Out of the Box Documentary must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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