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  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][new]

  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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