Family Equality Council

Because of my portrayal as Rudy in  Any Day Now I was asked to become a member of the Family Equality Council Board of Advocates. The Board of Advocates\' mission is to ensure equal rights for the one million moms and dads in the U.S who are LGBT and the two million children they are raising. 

The Family Equality Council is a wonderful organization working to change hearts and minds and to advance social justice so that all families are respected, loved and celebrated. They are America\'s foremost advocate for LGBT family equality and work to achieve their goal by building community through national events and regional programs; providing direct support to LGBT families and prospective parents; educating the American public on issues and securing inclusion in legislation, policies and practices impacting families. 


Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research

I have recently become an Angel Ambassador for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, which was created in 1996 by my friend Denise Rich in memory of her daughter Gabrielle, who passed away at the age of 27 after a long and valiant struggle with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia [AML].

The purpose of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research is to encourage the development of more effective therapies for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. The Foundation funds innovative clinical or basic science research that will lead to novel therapeutic approaches that could replace, or be used in combination with existing effective therapies. Such therapeutic approaches could include alternative or complementary medicine. The Foundation funds research to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients with leukemia or lymphoma. The Foundation also supports limited scientific interchange between select leaders in different areas of bio and integrative medical research, to develop unique and important collaborative efforts that will lead to improvements in the treatment and care of patients with leukemia and lymphoma.

As an Angel Ambassador, I will help engage and educate young people in the importance of cancer research, introduce a new generation to Gabrielle's Angel Foundation through personal stories of survival and change, and inspire young people, through Gabrielle's story, to donate and save a life. 


Intact America/Norm-UK

I think circumcision is genital mutilation and I am horrified that it is happening on such a mass scale and with so little discussion or forethought about the dangers and the impact on the future lives of the little boys involved.

So I am very happy to be patron of Norm-Uk, which aims to advance the education of the public in all matters relating to circumcision and other forms of surgical alteration of the genitals, including alternative treatments and offering information and advice on such matters.

And also I am on the board of advocates of Intact America whose mission is to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.  We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers.


Until There's A Cure

Until There's A Cure is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. Their goal is to fund prevention education, care services, and vaccine development using The Bracelet as the tool. The Bracelet will not only serve as a bridge to unite people to fight HIV/AIDS, but will help to increase awareness, compassion, understanding, and responsibility.

Here I am in a TV ad talking about the bracelet. Find out more here


 


The Friends of the Birks Cinema

I am a Patron of The Friends of the Birks Cinema, an organization that is working to restore the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy, Scotland, where I was born, to its former glory. 

Sadly, for many years all you heard about was cinemas closing in this rural area, but now it’s a different story. As someone who loves film, I’m excited by the idea that the town where I was born could soon have a world class cinema right on its doorstep. The Birks Cinema has my backing, and I hope it has yours too. So I encourage you to visit their website and help out in any way you can.


Live Out Loud

Live Out Loud's mission is to empower, energize and enable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth to live the life of their dreams through the celebration of the richness and diversity of our shared experience, the visibility of role models and the dissemination of information. The Live Out Loud presentation series provides LGBT youth the opportunity to speak with accomplished LGBT people who are passionate about their life's work, who are making a difference in the community, and who are interested in sharing their inspirational stories with LGBT youth.

Through The Homecoming Project, Live Out Loud is encouraging the LGBT community to make the journey back to their high schools to speak with a new generation of students about the unique experiences which have shaped the individuals they are today. Here I am hosting The Young Trailblazers 9th Annual Gala for a great organization called . At the Gala, I was lucky enough to meet and present scholarships to four truly inspiring graduating high school students who have worked tirelessly in their communities to fight for LGBT rights.


Empire State Pride Agenda

The Empire State Pride Agenda is New York's statewide civil rights organization committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. We seek to advance the political, economic, cultural and social well being of New York's LGBT community. Please visit Pride Agenda at www.prideagenda.org.


RSAMD

RSAMD is the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and is where I spent three years  (1982-85) training to be an actor.  It is now the only conservatoire for the arts in Scotland.

In April 2009, I was asked to become the President of The RSAMD American Foundation. The Foundation’s goals are focused on ensuring that all Academy alumni in America continue to connect with the Academy, enabling alumni and staff to assist in the recruitment of potential American students, and raising money for a scholarship fund to benefit American students who wish to study at the Academy.


Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The Mission of BC/EFA is to mobilize the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

I am on the Board of Directors of Broadway Cares and have participated in many of their events, including the annual Broadway Bares benefit, as well as recording a duet with Liza Minnelli for their Home for the Holidays album.  Please visit Broadway Cares at www.bcefa.org.


Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is the world's largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization. Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control clinic, Planned Parenthood believes in everyone's right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of their own destinies. Alan is a member of Planned Parenthood's Board of Advocates. Please visit Planned Parenthood at www.plannedparenthood.org.

glaad

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the LGBT community in the media. Find out more by visiting GLAAD at www.glaad.org.


Bailey House

Bailey House’s commitment is to empower people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones and the communities and agencies that serve them to achieve their fullest potential through the development and provision of housing and vital services. Alan has participated in many Bailey House events, in particular their annual "Open Your Heart" auction, for which he has served as an Honorary Co-Chair. In 2003, Bailey House presented Alan with one of their Key Awards. Please visit Bailey House at www.baileyhouse.org.

American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)

amfAR's mission is to prevent HIV infection and the disease and death associated with it and to protect the human rights of all people threatened by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. In 2004 Alan trekked along the Great Wall of China to raise money for AmfAR's Treat Asia programme. Please visit amfAR at www.amfar.org. On the left, Alan with amfAR founder, Dr. Mathilde Krim.


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote tolerance for gay and questioning teenagers, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group. The Trevor Helpline (866.4.U.TREVOR) is a national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline aimed at gay and questioning youth.

Visit The Trevor Project at www.thetrevorproject.org.


Living Beyond Belief

Living Beyond Belief seeks to save lives by motivating NYC public high school students to be HIV/AIDS peer educators, advocates and activists by providing them with college grants and recognition for their life-saving work. Alan hosted Living Beyond Belief's first annual Butterfly Awards ceremony and benefit in May 2003, and joined their Honorary Advisory Board. Please visit Living Beyond Belief at www.livingbeyondbelief.org.

The Hetrick-Martin Institute

The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), home of The Harvey Milk High School, believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. HMI creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21 and their families. Please visit Hetrick-Martin at www.hmi.org.

Scottish Youth Theatre

Scotland's national theatre for and by young people has been operating theatre arts courses since 1977, and now has a wide and varied program of workshops, courses/projects, events and performances all around the country, all year round. Please visit Scottish Youth Theatre at www.scottishyouththeatre.org.