SOJOURN, Groundspark, and the Levite JCC invite you and your family for a screening of the film Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up to kickoff the Welcoming Communities Program in Birmingham, Alabama. The film's creators will be joining us for a moving discussion after the film. This program is appropriate for community members, families, and teens 6th grade and older.
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With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, Straightlaced unearths how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. Straightlaced includes the perspectives of teens who self-identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning and represent all points of the gender spectrum.
With courage and unexpected humor, they open up their lives to the camera: choosing between “male” and “female” deodorant; deciding whether to go along with anti-gay taunts in the locker room; having the courage to take ballet; avoiding the restroom so they won’t get beaten up; or mourning the suicide of a classmate. It quickly becomes clear that just about everything teens do requires thinking about gender and sexuality.
Coming of age today has become increasingly complex and challenging; Straightlaced offers both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear and violence and points the way toward a more inclusive, empowering culture.
Watch the trailer here: Groundspark.org