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Modesto video supporting gay, lesbian teens a hit on Internet

MODESTO -- A video about a safe place for Modesto lesbian and gay youth has found a popular place on the Internet.

The PLACE (People Learning Acceptance Creating Equality) was created six years ago by Modesto parents Elizabeth and Ed Plata as a youth group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14 to 20 and their allies. Two weeks ago, a video about the group was posted on YouTube and has garnered more than 44,000 views.

The video, which has no dialogue, features members of the group, alumni, parents and other relatives holding up signs about themselves and what The PLACE means to them. Filmed in November in one day by Modesto filmmakers Rob Brittain and Blake Gentry, the video's messages — all handwritten on white posterboard — range from lighthearted to touching.

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