LGBT Community Center gets Real

One New York community center will play a prominent role in the 21st season of MTV's Real World: Brooklyn, and is using that exposure...

One New York community center will play a prominent role in the 21st season of MTV's Real World: Brooklyn, and is using that exposure in its PR and outreach during 2009. The LGBT Community Center offered internships to three of the housemates—Sarah, JD, and Katelynn—during their three months in the house.

The Center has a microsite about the Real World cast members and their work and is working with Renna Communications to leverage its exposure throughout 2009.

"The Real World has a long and rich history of including LGBT people and people with HIV as cast members, and we are proud to be part of Real World: Brooklyn's success," said Richard Burns, executive director of the Center, in a statement. "However, the best part for us was having three terrific people, who care about the LGBT community, bring their enthusiasm and spirit to the Center. We were so moved to see each of them leave the Center with the knowledge that they had made a profound contribution to our programs and services."

Cathy Renna, managing partner at Renna Communications, said the Center is planning viewing events of the show when the Center is introduced. Cast members have offered to blog for the Center and participate in speaking engagements about their time at the Center.

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