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James Franco to Accept Ally Award at Miami LGBT Film Festival

The ‘Spring Breakers’ star is being recognized for his unwavering support of the gay community.

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: April 11th, 2013 in Culture » Film » News

Speculation that James Franco is gay has been circulating in the media and his fandom since he first popped on the scene in ‘James Dean.’ The ‘Spring Breakers’ actor is, in fact, heterosexual, but doesn’t care about the rumors. He is an active LGBT ally, and at this year’s Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Franco will be honored for his support and contributions.

Franco will make a personal appearance at the festival to accept the HBO Latin America Ally Award for his support of the LGBT community and the contributions he’s provided, especially his most recent film ‘Interior. Leather Bar’, which premiered at Sundance.

We are thrilled to host an actor of James Franco’s caliber at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival,” said Franc Castro, executive director of the MGLFF.

“His multi-faceted talents coupled with his contributions to LGBT film both in front of the camera and behind the scenes have helped shine the spotlight on LGBT cinema and a filmmaker’s right to free expression.”

‘Interior. Leather Bar’ was created by both Franco and famous gay porn director, Travis Mathews. The film re-imagines the lost 40 minutes from 1980’s ‘Cruising’ starring Al Pacino. Mathews is also being honored by HBO Latin America.

“At HBO Latin America, we are committed and proud to support diversity and promote equality of rights in the community, and it is with great honor that we are presenting this year’s awards to James Franco, Travis Mathews, David W. Ross and Heather Winters for their great contributions to the LGBT community. HBO is recognized for including subjects that affect the LGBT community and we have been constantly showcasing diversity in many of our original programs, so this is just another step in reinforcing our commitment,” said Miguel Angel Oliva, Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs for HBO Latin America Group.

The Ally Award presentation will take place Saturday, April 27th at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in downtown Miami immediately before the 9:15pm screening of ‘Out In The Dark’.

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