Published on Jul 25, 2012
Anthony Rapp is an American stage and film actor and singer best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Jonathan Larson's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent in 1996. Rapp later reprised the role in the film version of Rent in 2009. He also portrayed Charlie Brown in the 1999 Broadway revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Rapp's film credits include Adventures in Babysitting, Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, School Ties, Road Trip, and Six Degrees of Separation.
In this video, Rapp recounts his conversations with struggling young LGBT Americans and lays out the choice before us in the 2012 election.
I guess you could say I'm pretty lucky. As a young openly gay man I haven't
had too many direct struggles with being able tolive freely and openly. I mean, I've had little things here and there, but I've been so fortunate to be a part of a time in history where we are making enormous strides, moving forward, where the country is becoming more willing to talk openly
and honestly about LGBT issues in all walks of life.
I'm Anthony Rapp, and as an actor over the years I've had the privilege of meeting many young people who have shared with me their stories of struggle and triumph as they fought to be recognized for who they are, to be able to live openly and freely as LGBT Americans, and their stories are why I'm here.
Massachusetts had been a state that had been at the forefront of empowering LGBT youth, providing programs and services to them. Mitt, through executive order, abolish the
LGBT Youth Commission.
A young man that I met years ago, who shared with me that his father, when he came out, went into his bedroom with him, sat on his bed, handed him a gun, and said, "I think you should consider using this on yourself."
Mitt was governor of Massachusetts at a time when HIV/AIDS care was growing dramatically. So how was it that during his time as governor, he oversaw fourth consecutive year of
cuts in funding for HIV/AIDS care?
I am convinced that we are only headed toward darkness, and going backwards, decades of progress if Mitt Romney is in the White House.