b-activists: Today on the National Day of Silence, a film helps LBGT teens in small town America



Earlier this month, when we wrote about the phenomenon of bullying in the age of technology, we found that a lot of the abuse the young people faced was triggered by homophobic sentiments. The award-winning documentary, Out in the Silence, is part of a larger campaign that aims to create awareness about the difficulties that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people feel in rural and small-town America where people are often forced to keep silent about their sexuality. The film follows the dramatic chain of events that unfolded when the filmmaker, Joe Wilson, announced his wedding to his partner in his hometown in rural Pennsylvania, inciting a barrage of protests and controversy. The filmmaker originally returns to his hometown to help a gay teenager who is being bullied in school. In illustrating the filmmaker’s struggle to deal with the intolerance around him, the film illustrates the challenges faced by many people who seek to be fit in, in a conservative environment.

Today is the National Day of Silence, when thousands of students across the country take a vow of silence to call attention to anti-LGBT bullying, abuse and harassment in schools. In partnership with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), 200 youth groups will be screening the film, Out in the Silence, at schools, colleges and universities around the country.

Every day, thousands of young people are too afraid to be speak out about who they are. We salute their courage and support the campaign to end the silence in favor of equality, fairness and human rights for all.

Watch the trailer below:

April 16, 2010 by ishita
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