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Trevor is your average 70's high schooler in Bible Belt, USA: He listens to records, hangs out with his friends, and goes to the movies. But one day things change: He hits puberty, and everything seems different. He doesn't want to make out with the girls at a party. He starts to pay more attention to the other boys in his class. He starts to realize that people make fun of him for his love of ballet and theatre and Diana Ross. Eventually, Trevor comes to the realization that he's gay. Now, his friends don't want to be seen anywhere around him, his parents ignore him, his priest accuses him of being a pervert, and his best friend Pinky tells him that he's a weak person. With no one offering any support, Trevor decides to kill himself. But help comes in an unexpected form. Written by
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I really wish that all parents or prospective parents would see this film. That's because regardless of your feelings about homosexuality, it's really important that a parent accept their child and approve of them as people--and you have no way of knowing whether your children will grow up gay or straight. One of the highest suicide rates is among gay teens and only a totally psycho parent would rather have their child dead than accept them and let them know they are loved.
This film is a fictionalized story about a kid named Trevor. It follows him through puberty and his sexual awakening. Eventually, Trevor realizes he is attracted to another young man. He is okay with this, but what he's not okay with is everyone's reaction. Suddenly, kids around him somehow seem to know and begin to mistreat him. At the same time, his parents refuse to really talk about it and send him to talk to a priest who is completely inept in dealing with it. As a result, it's no surprise that Trevor is on the brink of suicide.
The film manages to tell a nice little story that isn't too preachy and with a good sense of humor--while still attacking a serious problem. It's a nice public service type film and I hope that talk about shock treatment and suicide make the point that your kids are to be loved.
By the way, this is not a serious complaint but the film seems to portray gay teens as loving female singers like Diana Ross, Barbra or Liza as well as acting somewhat effeminate. While this sometimes is true, often it's not and this is perpetuating a bit of a narrow stereotype. I assume there must be gay men out there that DON'T love these lady singers!
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