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Schools across the nation continue to work towards creating a safe, accepting climate for students—-an atmosphere that promotes respect for all. Many educators are increasingly concerned about bullying, discrimination and harassment leveled against lesbian and gay teenagers. This video and print package is designed to foster a healthy dialogue about sexual orientation among students in your classroom while informing everyone of the serious and long-lasting effects that anti-gay harassment and bullying can have on all students. A mixture of dramatic vignettes and real teen interviews will encourage your students to look at their own behavior as well as that of their peers. Program and accompanying activities in the Teacher’s Resource Book will encourage students to continue their examination of what mutual respect means, and how it can be promoted in the school environment.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts in digital format
CINE Gold Eagle Award
Columbus International Film & Video Festival: Honorable Mention
Highly Recommended Sexual orientation is an essential human quality. Individuals have the right to accept, acknowledge, and live in accordance with their sexual orientation, be they gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or heterosexual (GLBTH). This is the ideal but sometimes not the reality in our society today, depending upon which part of America or the country you are talking about. The legal system should guarantee the civil rights and protection of all people, regardless of sexual orientation. Prejudice and discrimination based on sexual orientation, the way you dress, and or speak is unconscionable. Dealing with Difference explores the daily lives of young gay and lesbian youth today complete with the stresses and difficulties of growing up in a society that depending upon where you are, can illustrate quite vividly, acceptance or rejection of their respective orientation.
Using real teenagers in a school type environment, the viewer is shown a number of scenarios that go on in our society and schools today where GLTBH are harassed, insulted, and even assaulted. The scenarios run the gamut in that the participants are male and female and cross all ethnic backgrounds. When I viewed this video I could not help but think of Columbine where the viewer sees a group of students make fun of a young girl whose dress and style are made fun of. They call her “butch” and even question her male friend as to why he hangs out with her. As the scene pans out to her in the hallway, you cannot see her face but her body language gives you a clear and direct picture of the hurt she is experiencing by the barrage of hateful words thrown at her. This video allows the viewer/instructor to pause for meaningful discussion and debate. This is an excellent video perfectly timed with today’s ongoing controversies, and debates on this issue.
- LaRoi Lawton, Library & Learning Resources Department, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO