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Gay Youth is a powerful and accessible educational video for high schools and colleges that breaks the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality. By contrasting the tragic death of 20-year old Bobby Griffith, a gay teen who could not find acceptance, with the remarkable life of 17-year old Gina Gutierrez, this important video shows us that information, acceptance, and support make enormous differences in the lives of these young people.
Gay Youth is used by the Department of Education in Massachussetts as part of its Safe Schools Program. Across the nation this award-winning video and its 16-page study guide are being used by educators and organizations that care for young people.
"Gay Youth is a lovely short film, ideal for showing in classrooms... It humanizes young gay people and clearly and forcefully depicts the challenges they face, as well as their desire to be accepted and to be allowed to live like everyone else. As a teaching device, the DVD also comes with a short study guide with recommended questions and an essay called 'Homosexuality: The New Frontier in Sexuality Education' by Andrew Humm of the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City."
David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database, Dec. 2010 « Read complete review. »
"If instructors have time and resources for just one videotape, it should be Gay Youth for its insightful treatment of coming out, parental support, peer harrassment, and suicide among gay and lesbian teens."
—Robert-Jay Green of the California School of Professional Psychology
"Gay Youth lets lesbian and gay young people and their families tell their seldom heard stories. It depicts both the pain of growing up on the margins of an intolerant society — and the joy of achieving self-acceptance and confidence."
—Hetrick-Martin Institute, NYC
"Students see Gay Youth as an important source for learning about the experiences of lesbian and gay youth. The contrast between the two major stories makes for excellent discussion about the risk factors involved in growing up gay in a homophobic and heterosexist society."
—Arnold H. Grossman, PhD, Department of Applied
Psychology, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
- Nominated for the Young Adult Library Association's 2006 Select DVDs
- CINE Golden Eagle
- Silver Apple, National Educational Film/Video Festival
- Blue Ribbon, American Film/Video Festival
- Silver Award, Short Documentary, Philadelphia International Film Festival
- Gay Youth has screened at every major gay and lesbian film festival in the world: San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, London, Torino, Hamburg, Hong Kong, and Sydney.
- Gay Youth was included in Gays and Film: Get Reel, the first retrospective of gay and lesbian film ever curated by the New York Museum of Modern Art.
- The filmmaker talks about how it used to be for gay youth and how it is now — 11/9/15.
- Anthropology Review Database, Dec. 2010
- GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
- Gay Straight Alliance Network
- Hetrick-Martin Institute, Home of Harvey Milk High School
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