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Alyssa Milano, Alyson Stoner, and Nico Tortorella Offer Tickets to ‘Boy Erased’ with GLAAD
- Last updated: May 24, 2023
GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today partnered with actors and advocates Alyssa Milano, Alyson Stoner and Nico Tortorella to offer tickets to select screenings of Focus Features’ ‘Boy Erased’ as the film opens in theatres across the country this weekend. Written and directed by Joel Edgerton, ‘Boy Erased,’ based on the memoir by Garrard Conley and starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges, and Troye Sivan, lifts the veil on the dangerous practice of conversion therapy.
Alyssa Milano and GLAAD are offering tickets for LGBTQ people and allies to see ‘Boy Erased’ in San Francisco on Saturday, November 3 at 2:30pm at the Landmark Embarcadero Center Cinema.
Alyson Stoner and GLAAD are offering tickets to ‘Boy Erased’ in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 4 at 2:15pm at the Arclight Hollywood.
Nico Tortrella and GLAAD are offering tickets to ‘Boy Erased in New York City at 2:40pm at the Angelika Film Center.
Based on Conley’s memoir Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family, the film tells the courageous story of Jared Eamons (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe). His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader (Edgerton) and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self.
“So-called conversion therapy is a debunked practice that is now illegal in 14 states, and films like ‘Boy Erased’ will not only help continue that momentum, but humanize this dangerous practice for parents and LGBTQ people,” said GLAAD’s Vice President of Programs Zeke Stokes. “Hollywood has a strong legacy of shining light on LGBTQ issues – from living with HIV to marriage equality – and we are thankful that fierce advocates like Alyson and Alyssa are helping audiences now learn about the harmful effects that conversion therapy has on every member of a family.”
Alyssa Milano received GLAAD’s inaugural Ariadne Getty Ally Award in San Francisco earlier this year. The #MeToo advocate and LGBTQ ally most recently penned an opinion piece against a leaked proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would harm transgender Americans. She was also a vocal opponent of the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, citing threats to LGBTQ and women’s rights. Milano, a longtime LGBTQ ally, has appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race and stood with LGBTQ youth and against bullying by participating in Spirit Day. She is a UNICEF National Ambassador and testified before Congress on behalf of an Equal Rights Amendment that would write anti-discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. Milano currently stars in the Netflix series Insatiable, hosts Project Runway All Stars and starred on the hit series Charmed for nine years.
Alyson Stoner opened up about being a member of the LGBTQ community and her own experiences surviving conversion therapy in a viral article for ‘Teen Vogue’ earlier this year. She is an accomplished actress, singer/songwriter, and dancer who is best known for her performances in blockbuster franchises Step Up and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; her voiceover work in the Emmy award-winning Phineas and Ferb; and her dancing in music videos for the likes of Missy Elliott and Eminem. Stoner just released her new single and music video for “FOOL” which included her filming with a female love interest. Previously she opened up about falling in love with a woman in her singles “Who Do You Love” and “When It’s Right.”
Nico Tortorella is an actor, podcast host, seeker, and dedicated champion of the LGBTQIA+ community. Tortorella currently stars in the hit Paramount Network series, Younger, and co-hosts MTV’s Just Tattoo of Us with Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi. They previously appeared on Fox’s The Following. Tortorella also created and hosts ‘The Love Bomb’ podcast, which looks at issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. As an outspoken advocate for sexual and gender fluidity, they have been featured in national media outlets, in print, online, and on television.
In July 2018, GLAAD kicked off a 16-week conversion therapy awareness campaign with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Born Perfect campaign to spotlight facts and survivor stories. The screenings are the latest part of that effort and a unique partnership between GLAAD and Focus Features.
About Focus Features:
Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Jason Reitman’s new comedy Tully, starring Charlize Theron and written by Diablo Cody; Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, director Morgan Neville’s documentary on Mister Rogers; Spike Lee’s powerful film BlacKkKlansman; Joel Edgerton’s coming-of-age and coming-out drama Boy Erased, about a boy’s true-life experience at a conversion therapy program, starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe; Mary, Queen of Scots with Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I; On the Basis of Sex, the real-life drama of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg staring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer; Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language drama Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s directorial debut The Mustang; Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Selena Gomez; Neil Jordan’s thriller Greta starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz; Harriet about the iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and directed by Kasi Lemmons; and the anticipated Downton Abbey movie starring the entire original cast.
Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. UFEG’s global division also includes Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. For more information please visit www.focusfeatures.com
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.