Film by Rashaad Ernesto Green ’00 about Transgender Teen A Hit At Sundance

Gun Hill Road, a film written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green ’00, premiered to a sold-out crowd and standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Set on the titular Bronx thoroughfare, Gun Hill Road is about the struggles of a sensitive, transgender teen (Harmony Santana), his patriarchal father (Esai Morales) and supportive but passive mother (Judy Reyes). Learn more about the film on its website,, and more about Green here.

Brian Ellner ’92 Works for Marriage Equality

Brian Ellner ’92 is currently running the HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage. The goal: to “win marriage equality quickly in New York and provide much needed momentum to the federal marriage lawusuits and other state efforts.”

He’s also launched New Yorkers for Marriage Equality, which is filiming 30 second spots with iconic New Yorkers stating “I’m a New Yorker and I Support Marriage Equality” followed by a personal sentence or two on why (the videos are being filmed by Break Thru Films, a production company belonging to Annie Sundberg ’92). Thus far, Barbara Bush, Mira Sorvino, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Fran Drescher, Ethan Hawke, Moby, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Meloni, Tom Colicchio, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kenneth Cole, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Reverend Al Sharpton, John Slattery, Joan Rivers, Julianna Margulies, Sam Waterston, Edward Norton, Amanda Peet, David Chang, Andre Balazs, Daphne Ruben-Vega, Mayor David Dinkins, Mayor Ed Koch and Mark Ruffalo have signed on to participate.

For more information, or to watch the videos that have been released to date, visit

DGALA Announces New Board Members

DGALA is pleased to announce the election of the following individuals to the DGALA Board of Directors:

  • Uriel Barrera-Vasquez ’98
  • William Boulware ’90
  • Dana Carne DMS ’10 Tu ’10
  • Rigel Cable ’10
  • Brendan Connell ’87
  • Isai Pemier Tu ’05
  • Tim Stanne ’03
  • Bess Tortolani ’98

In addition, Sarah Burgamy ’00, Nick Chamousis ’73, David Hankins ’06 and S. Caroline Kerr ’05 were re-elected.  You can learn more about the new directors in the fall edition of the Green Light!