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Randall Jenson
Randall Jenson is the Executive Director of SocialScope Productions, a non-profit focused on LGBTQ and gender documentary projects. He created the 50Faggots series, which documents the lives of self-identified effeminate gay men in the U.S. Randall has received national awards for his leadership and work with young people and homeless and at-risk youth, addressing the juvenile legal system and media's impact on queer lives. He was a featured speaker at the National ACLU Membership Conference in Washington D.C., on The Oprah Show, and awarded the “Youth Impact Award” by the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. His ethnographic approach in 50Faggots was recognized by the Association for Queer Anthropology as “outstanding anthropological work" in 2010. Recently, Randall was honored to join the board of The Breathe Network , a resource and referral network that educates survivors of sexual violence and the general public about holistic approaches to healing and connects survivors to healing arts practitioners who offer trauma-informed services.

Entries by Randall Jenson

My Hideous Angel: A Story of Growing Up Gay in an Abusive Home

(43) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 1:04 PM

This month is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have previously written about some of my experiences surviving violence, and my essay below is adapted from the anthology BOYS, published by Thought Catalog, which showcases the voices, stories and lives of gay, queer, and...

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James Wallington From Capture on Bullying, Empowerment and Being a Big Brother

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Last month I was browsing through programs on Hulu and stumbled upon The CW's new reality show Capture. The show is loosely inspired by The Hunger Games and has 12 teams compete in a Capture the Flag-type elimination challenge every week for a $250,000 grand prize. I quickly...

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Braxton's Family Values: Conversations on Accountability, Ethics and Healing for St. Louis' LGBT Communities

(7) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 2:16 PM

When I was 17 years old, there was no space like the LGBT Center of St. Louis. I found my outlet for support and safety in a few volunteer-run LGBT organizations, such as Growing American Youth, the local St. Louis-area queer youth group. We created our...

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'Memories of Violence': Monica Beverly Hillz Opens Up About Life Before RuPaul's Drag Race (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 8:30 PM

In this exclusive interview with SocialScope Productions for our new multimedia Web project "Memories of Violence," which shares the stories of LGBTQ survivors of violence, Monica Beverly Hillz talks about her life before being cast as a contestant on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race and...

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Greg Louganis on Back on Board Documentary, Mentorship, Living With HIV and Gay Communities

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 4:43 PM

2013-04-15-Gregheadshot.jpgWhile award-winning Olympic diver Greg Louganis has made a jump back into the public spotlight as a diving coach on the ABC reality television show Splash, he is also being filmed for a new feature-length documentary, Back on Board,...

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Memories of Violence: The Last Time My Father Beat Me

(81) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 10:00 AM

This month is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As a survivor of both physical and sexual violence, I feel compelled to share some of my experiences growing up in an alcoholic, abusive home, and about my journeys as a homeless gay teenager. I hope these stories can empower...

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A Sneak Peek at Free Angela and All Political Prisoners, a New Documentary (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Angela Davis is one of the most recognizable American activists and scholars. Her journey embodies the important anti-oppression and social justice messages learned from the Black Panther Party, the social justice movement and free-thinking intellectuals.

I was given exclusive access to a sneak peek of Shola Lynch's highly anticipated...

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Oscars 2013 Bring Gay Surprises And The Best 'Divas Live' Performances Ever

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Full of exciting performances and celebrity spotlights, this year's Oscars proved to be not only an amazing awards telecast but one of the best Divas Live concerts in a long time. The opening number featured ambiguously gay host Seth MacFarlane singing an original song, "We Saw Your Boobs," which listed...

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What's the 'E'? Critiquing the Estrogen Speculation Surrounding Willam Belli's RuPaul's Drag Race Disqualification

(7) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 1:54 PM

Last week's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race promised to be the "most shocking episode ever." Viewers learned, after watching two drag queens compete in the "lip sync for your life" elimination round, that neither contestant would be disqualified. Instead, one of the other Season 4 contestants, Willam, was disqualified for...

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Should the LGBT Community Use Words Like 'Faggot' and 'Tranny'? Yes, Call Me a 'Faggot'

(24) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 9:14 AM

The terms "faggot," "dyke," and "tranny" are just as important to identifying our queer communities as "gay," "lesbian," and "transgender." It's convenient to just dismiss these words as hate terms. We've been preconditioned to anticipate abusive blows and expect hateful shouts from homophobic people, but we also have a choice...

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