Openly gay actor Wilson Cruz will be on hand June 19 to inaugurate El Paso, Texas' first gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film festival.

Cruz, 36, is best know for his role as troubled gay teen Enrique “Rickie” Vasquez on ABC's critically acclaimed drama My So-Called Life. He played HIV-positive, over-the-top drag queen Angel in the 1997 national tour of the rock musical Rent, which featured openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris in the role of filmmaker Mark Cohen.

He'll be in El Paso to help kick off the inaugural run of the Frontera Pride Film Festival where he'll be presented with a career achievement award.

The festival opens on June 18 with director/writer Jaymes Thompson's The Gay Bed & Breakfast Of Terror, a campy horror flick starring five gay and lesbian couples with a twisted political bent. The festival will also feature the premiere of director Anna Valenzuela's Love, a 12 minute short created by UTEP's Queer Student Alliance that explores the meaning behind love.

Organizers say the festival is off to a good start with support from the city and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), which will offer a gay and lesbian film course to coincide with the festival.

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