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HBO cancels 'Looking' after two seasons

Mar. 27, 2015 - , Premium cable network HBO on Wednesday canceled series Looking.

The show wrapped up its second season on March 22.

Executives promised a special to end the series.

"After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special," the network said in a statement. "We look forward to sharing this adventure with the show's loyal fans."

Looking introduced viewers to three gay men living in San Francisco: Patrick (played by Jonathan Groff), who came to the city to find love, Dom (Murray Bartlett), a waiter looking to fulfill his father's dream of owning a successful restaurant, and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez), who struggled with his art and relationships.

Despite an enthusiastic fan base, Looking was not a ratings hit.

ALMA awards two Young Latino Leaders Creating Change scholarships
Mar. 27, 2015 - , The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) has awarded the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship to Alfredo Flores and Roberto Mendez.

The scholarship was developed to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latino and/or allies to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change where young leaders will learn new tools, network with other leaders, and engage them to be more involved in LGBTQ social justice issues.

Currently the MPowerment facilitator at CALOR, Alfredo is also one of the creators of the web-series QueerCode, which gathers members of the queer community to speak on various issues affecting the community. Roberto is currently the Intake and Referral Specialist at La Casa Norte, and he also aspires to become a social worker in order to provide support for LGBTQ youth of color. Alfredo and Roberto are attending the Creating Change conference for the very first time. They will also be among 200 Latino leaders attending the 3rd annual Union=Fuerza LGBTQ Latino Institute.

Recipients of the scholarship will commit themselves to serve on ALMA's inaugural Youth Advisory Board for one year. The Youth Advisory Board will develop strategies to engage young LGBTQ Latinos and allies to work towards improving our families in Illinois.

ALMA remains committed to working with all LGBTQ Latino youth and their allies.

Looking's Daniel Franzese endorses PrEP
Mar. 21, 2015 - , Out actor Daniel Franzese has endorsed use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to reduce the risk of contracting HIV.

Franzese, who is best known for playing Damian in the film Mean Girls, joined the cast of HBO's Looking in season 2 as Eddie, the HIV-positive love interest of Agustin (played by Frankie J. Alvarez).

In an interview with the Advocate, Franzese said that his character is not defined by his status.

"Eddie's not sick," he said. "There's no sad things that have to do with Eddie.There are problematic things that he has to deal with in his life, but most of them are social. It's not not going to be a 'very special episode' about Eddie. I found that to be so progressive."

PrEP, commonly known as Truvada, has its critics who claim it's too early to embrace as a prevention drug. Some point to its high price tag (up to $1,000 a month for the uninsured), while others worry that the once-a-day pill will encourage risky sexual behavior.

Franzese, who recently joined the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation as an ambassador, said that if he were single, PrEP is something "that I would immediately be on."

"I think it's an important thing that misconceptions about PrEP be clarified, not only for our community but for everybody, to learn all of the different measures that we can do to prevent and stop new infections," he said of how the issue is being handled on Looking.

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