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After Bomb, Ratner Judging Pro-Gay PSA Contest

After Bomb, Ratner Judging Pro-Gay PSA Contest

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Filmmaker Brett Ratner, booted as producer of this year's Oscars after publicly uttering the word "fags," is teaming up with Tom Ford and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to create a public service announcement that aims to curtail antigay speech.

Ratner, Ford, GLSEN, and the Ad Council will head up the latest "Think Before You Speak" campaign -- it earlier featured TV spots with Wanda Sykes and Hilary Duff -- asking aspiring filmmakers to submit a 30-second PSA on the damaging effects of terms such as "faggot," "dyke," and "that's so gay." Submissions will be accepted until May 2 and then judged by a panel including GLSEN and Ad Council representatives, Ratner, Ford, and director Evan Bernard.

The winning filmmaker will be honored in October at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Los Angeles and receive an award presented by Ratner. The Tower Heist director will pay for the airfare and accommodations. Click here for more details.

Ratner infamously said "rehearsal's for fags" during a November Q&A session prior to a screening of Tower Heist. Under pressure, he later resigned as Oscar producer.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.