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In The Family

Two short films exploring the impact of marriage and adoption rights in diverse LGBT families.

 

film stillIn My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents

Jen Gilomen & COLAGE 2005 31 min. USA

In the US alone, there are millions of people with one or more LGBT parents. While research shows that having LGBT parents does not lead to significant developmental differences, youth commonly experience intolerance in schools, and their voices are often unheard in the media, in government, or in their communities. Conceived of and produced by youth, In My Shoes features the voices of five young people who share their own views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family.

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Out In The Heartland

Jen Gilomen & COLAGE 2005 31 min. USA

During the last ten years, LGBT people in Kentucky have lived with increasing openness in their neighborhoods, churches, schools, and workplaces. But in 2004, 75% of the state's voters passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as "between one man and one woman." Filmed during the lead up to the referendum, Out In The Heartland examines how our nation's political, social and religious environments have been altered by anti-gay legislation. By profiling families, the film illuminates the long-term consequences that these amendments have for us all.

 

Out In The HeartlandStudents in our GSA requested to see films related to LGBTQ community. They were very upset about the decision with Prop 8 and thought it would be important to hear from youth directly that have parents who were impacted by this decision.

We showed In The Family to about 15 students and 6 staff in our Teen Resource Center. Students felt angry about how people reacted to the youth in In My Shoes when they informed others about their parents' sexual orientations. Overall, the students and staff really enjoyed the film.

—Judy Romero, GSA Advisor, Sequoia High School

 

In My ShoesOur goals were to learn about and discuss the debate over same-sex marriage in preparation for the election. We wanted to watch our video to help us become more enlightened and empowered to campaign against Prop 8.

The students were uplifted and encouraged by the films on the In The Family DVD. Most of them commented upon how nice it was to see families with two moms and two dads who were just as "normal" as any other family. They remarked that they wished their parents could see these kinds of families in order to break the myth that having gay parents is some kind of sinful, criminal, disgusting, and embarrassing thing. Most of my students commented that they wished that they lived in communities where gays and lesbians were more prominently out and courageous like the people in the films.

My students are very eager to get more films. I found the films to be extraordinarily empowering!

—Anonymous, teacher, Southern California