The Hetrick-Martin Institute

I am an ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), an organization committed to education and empowerment for LGBTQ youth. HMI believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve a safe and supportive environment, and fosters this environment with a comprehensive package of direct services such as providing hot meals and STI testing. HMI also offers programs in dance and theatre, painting, and photography, as well as health and wellness classes and HSE/SAT test preparation. 

Please visit www.hmi.org for more information and to see how you can get involved!

UNHCR

I am an ambassador for UNHCR, an organization whose primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

There are still staggering 77 countries where it is still illegal to be gay, forcing them to flee their homes in search of freedom, and UNHCR is committed to ensuring the safety of refugees. Currently, refugees’ lives are at risk while fleeing persecution. While they typically move alongside migrants, they have to utilize illegal border entry points, often involving smuggling. They are often subject to inhumane conditions while on the move, including abuse and exploitation. Sadly, this is often the only route to seek refuge. UNHCR works with governments around the world to help them respond in a coherent and practical way. UNHCR has a 10-point plan that sets out key areas in which action is required to address mixed migration in countries origin, transit, and destination. 

Beyond their work with governments, UNCHR helps refugees directly when they need it most, providing blankets, water, and other essentials.

Please visit unhcr.org and support this extremely important organization.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS raises vast amounts of money every year from the Broadway community and gives it to a range of needy charities and organisations

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 as well as making curtain call speeches for the twice annual collections.  Please visit  www.bcefa.org to find out more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.