It's Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School

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When I started making this film, I was distraught about widespread homophobia and I started thinking about where that level of hatred and ignorance comes from, because we aren't born that way. It's taught. What if instead, we taught children to understand and respect LGBT people? We set out ...Read more

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