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It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School (1996)

The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Part of The Respect for All Project.

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It's Elementary is the first film of its kind to address anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with kids about gay people. Hailed as "a model of intelligent directing," It's Elementary shows that children are eager and able to wrestle with stereotypes and absorb new facts about what it means to be gay or lesbian. Since it aired on more than 100 public television stations in 1999, It's Elementary has fueled a growing movement of educators and parents - gay and straight alike - who are committed to preventing pervasive homophobia and anti-gay violence. The film shows what happens when kids in kindergarten through eighth grade discuss lesbian- and gay-related topics in age-appropriate ways. Shot in six public and private schools, It's Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more. Written by Vanessa

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Should be required viewing for teachers
9 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

One of the greatest tragedies in America today is the fact that teachers so desperately need to see this film, yet so few will ever see it. It is a tragedy. This film sheds much-needed light on one of the most important issues facing every teacher in America, making it all very sane and showing teachers how simple it is to explain things to kids.

If your school district does not have this film, see to it that someone there gets it and shows it to the teachers. You may just save some lives.


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