Sweetie makes a movie: ‘Secrets and Toys’

Our pal Dalila Ali Rajah from “Cherry Bomb,” “Gray’s Anatomy” and lots of your favorite television shows wrote a rad movie. She’s trying to get it made. Here’s the story in her own words:

I am an actress, producer, mommy and activist. I have recently taken on the challenge of making one of my dreams come true. I am making a short film that I wrote. The amazing Cheryl Dunye (“Watermelon Woman,” “Stranger Inside,” “Mommy is Coming”) is directing, and Darryl Stephens (“Noah’s Arc,” “Private Practice,” “Big Gay Movie”) is starring with me.

The film is a funny, sexy, delightful short film about a mother and daughter who discover through a comedy of errors the secrets they have been keeping from each other. It’s fun, touching and shows some lovely diverse images of queer people of color. I would love your support in getting it made.

For many years I have spent most of my time mommy-ing my incredible daughter and giving the rest of my free hours to creating change in the world either through opportunities like Sweet’s voluntourism or by fighting for our equal rights as an activist. This is the first time I’m really stepping forward full tilt to do something that fulfills one of my dreams personally.

I would be honored to have your support of my film. It would mean so much to me. Partially from a very personal place where my two-year-old self always dreamed of doing this, and partially from a place of knowing how incredibly important visibility is, especially for queer people of color.

I was blessed to have a great support system of friends during my coming out process, but still found most of the media and even LGBT film lacking people who looked like me. Help me make a fun film that adds to the diverse stories of women in our community. For more information, please visit SecretsAndToys.com.

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