by Jorge Cham
Subject:   BGLAD - Screening: It's Elementary
Sponsor:   BGLAD, School's Out, GSPB, GSC
Speaker:   Helen Cohen, co-producer
Date:   Monday, May 10, 1999
Time:   7pm -
Location:   Cubberley Auditorium [look for it in a campus map]
Sponsor URL:   http://www.stanford.edu/group/BGLAD
It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in School takes cameras into classrooms across the country to look at one of today's most controversial issues - whether and how gay issues should be discussed in schools. It features elementary and middle schools where (mainly heterosexual) teachers are challenging the prevailing political climate and its attempt to censor any dialogue in schools about gay people. Rather than focusing on the debate between adults, though, the film takes the point of view of the schoolchildren, starting as young as first grade. It becomes quite clear that most children are affected by anti-gay prejudice in some way, and that they are very responsive to a curriculum that teaches respect for everyone, including lesbians and gay men. The San Fransisco Examiner says It's Elementary, with its refreshing child's eye- view of a topic that sends some adults screaming to their school boards, "could become one of the most important films ever devoted to lesbian and gay issues."
Event history: Submitted by matlaw on 01-May-1999;
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