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Y&R's Thom Bierdz Video on gay teen suicide from bullying & how the arts can help!

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The Young and the Restless, Thom Bierdz (Phillip) produced this PSA-type video announcement in lieu of the tragic deaths over the last weeks from gay teens who have committed suicide after being bullied. You have read, seen, and heard about the  horrific death of the Rutgers student, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.  Now, Bierdz sent along this note below and video to let gay teens know it does get better, and that he has a special arts project that one can get enter and get involved with.  And for gay teens to reach out to people before you take that last drastic step to end your life.

Bierdz stated: ” Since I am from Wisconsin, my gay soap opera character Phillip Chancellor III is from Wisconsin, and there were two teenage gay suicide incidents in Wisconsin this week – one who died, one who tried. Gay teens are 4 times more likely to take their lives – because they feel ashamed and alone. I want to help people see their pain, so the bullying stops.”

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It’s obviously terrible when anyone is bullied. I know of many lgbtq persons who have gone thru bullying bec of their oreintation, their effeminate mannerisms, etc. It’s good that people are helping those who are bullied. People automatically assume that the lgbtq community is 1 unified “family” when it actually does not feel that way for many ppl. lgbtq people can be just as bad towards other people in the queer community. I wouldn’t classify it as bullying per se, but there’s a lot of “maltreatment” w/in the lgbtq community bec of bitchiness, racial discrimination, separation between lesbians and queer men. There’s also a separation, or a class system, w/in the queer community w/c is based on physical appearance (race, weight, age, “beauty”, etc). It’s not this harmonious community where everyone gets along either. The lgbtq community can be just as unwelcoming as str8 people, and when you think abt it, that’s even worse than being bullied by heterosexuals.

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As fans know, Antoine will be exiting GH in the role of Jordan as she begins filming the CBC series.

However, Antoine is getting a co-star on her new show, in none other than Natasha Henstridge.  The actress has previously appeared in CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Secret Circle.

 

According to Deadline, in Diggstown, Natasha will play Colleen MacDonald, a single, no-nonsense, openly gay director of legal aid now headquartered in Halifax after being blacklisted by the legal community in Toronto. She hopes to one day work her way back home.

As for the premise of the new series, Diggstown is set in the gritty arena of legal aid.  It centers on Marcie Diggs (Antoine), a star lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.  The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice as they work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias.”

Antoine is the first black actress to be cast as a dramatic series lead on iconic Canadian Broadcasting Company, CBC.

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Sharing a beautiful photo on both of their social media accounts taken in Malibu, the duo share a kiss, are dressed in white, and Alyssa is showing off that ring!  Tabit expressed: “Best. Day. EVER!!!! 💍Freddie Smith, Love you until the end of time! ♥️♥️♥️ #engaged”

Freddie simply stated: 💍Love you Alyssa Tabit”

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Now as Arturo becomes more entrenched in the Newman clan, Canela posted on his Instagram account that the CBS soap has signed him on as a contract player.

Jason expressed: “I’ve always believed that there are two types of artists. There are working ones and blessed ones. Thankfully I’ve had an incredible support system to always motivate me and help me push forward no matter how tough things got while I was working to become a better version of me so that one day I could be blessed. To every artist out there who feels discouraged because they have not booked that role or gotten that verse picked up in a track just remember that our line of work is not the easiest but if you truly love it then you know that if you continue to PUT IN THE WORK one day you will be blessed. Thank you to Mal Young, Sony, CBS & The Young and the Restless for believing in me and making me feel at home in Genoa city and blessing me with the opportunity to bring life to Arturo Rosales. I’m proud and honored to officially be a full time member of the The Young and the Restless family.” #Blessed #EnjoyEveryMoment

Glad to hear there is more Arturo in Genoa City and Jason is on contract at the top-rated daytime drama series? Comment below.

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