Few contemporary social issues generate as much passion, misunderstanding and resistance as homosexuality. Deeply held homophobic beliefs, passed on from one generation to the next, pose ongoing challenges to the peaceful coexistence of today's young people. This is especially problematic in our schools when it comes to the treatment of LGBT students by their straight-identifying peers, and by the adults who teach, counsel and supervise them. A rise in the reported cases of homophobic-related violence tragically highlights the importance of reshaping the long-standing, outdated beliefs about homosexuality and those who identify as LGBT.
The goal of the film is to advance the conversation about how we as a society must respond to homophobia, bullying and violence, leading to a greater acceptance of, and respect for, those who identify as LGBT. The film presents the issues surrounding homophobia in a multi-segment format that engenders group discussion. The topics unfold through one-on-one interviews with students, teachers, parents and leaders in the LGBT support and ally communities. The film's under 40-minute run time is specifically designed for screenings within meeting and class periods, to allow ample time for viewing and discussion.
Teach Your Children Well purposely does not delve into the various religious beliefs surrounding homosexuality. Our primary intent for the film is educational use (faculty, administration and classroom), where topics of a religious nature are generally not appropriate. There is a wealth of resource material that explores homosexuality and religion, including the excellent feature length documentary film, "For the Bible Tells Me So." (www.ForTheBibleTellsMeSo.org).