Below are the previews for three new LGBTQ documentaries I am hoping to screen through the Education Studies Department this spring:
Out in the Silence
Out in the Silence Synopsis: The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy and a quest for change in the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson takes viewers on an exhilarating journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America.
Training Rules Synopsis: Rene Portland had three training rules during her 26 years coaching basketball at Pennsylvania State University – no drinking, no drugs and no lesbians. Training Rules, examines how a wealthy athletic department, enabled by the silence of a complacent university, allowed talented athletes, thought to be gay, to be dismissed from their college team. The film follows the lawsuit filed in 2006 against Portland and Penn State by student athlete Jennifer Harris. This high-profile case ignited the world of women’s collegiate sports. It inspired the discussions so sorely needed to end discrimination based on sexual orientation that pervades all organized sport.
Straightlaced Synopsis: From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren’t gay, the students in straightlaced illustrate the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives.