Atlanta gay man needs your help ‘Finding Dad’

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From pup promoter to fashion fanatic to haute host, gay Atlanta’s own Vincent Martinez brings passion. That should serve him well on his most personal mission to date – to the father he hasn’t seen since he was 5 years old.

Always winning friends and influencing people, the PALS fundraiser, style expert and enemy of polyester has earned good will that he hopes now translates into crowdfunding support for “Finding Dad.” The documentary of his trip back to Cuba, which he and his mother and sister fled in 1970, will premiere in October at the Georgia Latino Film Festival.

This is my story. It's not unique. There are many hard-working single mothers in this world and I'm not the first person to grow up without a father. But it's my story. This April I am returning to Cuba to reunite with my 80-year-old dad after 43 long years of separation.

I made the decision to document this very personal experience and share it with you. While this is a happy story it's extremely emotional at the same time. This is a story about a single mother, a child growing up without a father and the search for resolution and forgiveness.

But before that can happen, Martinez needs you. He shares more of his story in the video above and on his Indiegogo campaign. Donations in any amount include perks for your support, but maybe the biggest one is sharing human experience, Martinez says.

It's a big world that we share, but we have more in common that we often times realize … Meeting my father will be the most wonderful, difficult, painful and joyous moment of my life.

UPDATE: Martinez posted a personal letter about the journey on Thursday, March 6,  in the final days of his Indiegogo campaign.


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