Improving the Lives of GLBT Youth
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students and their allies face unique challenges of violence and harassment in schools. SPEAK UP!
explores what these students and their allies have done to transform their schools into safer and more welcoming environments. Interviews with students, parents, teachers, administrators and national activists highlight not only the need for transformation, but offer resources and advice for those actively working for change.
Featuring interviews with Judy Shepard, Danny and Julie from MTV's Real World New Orleans
and actor/musician Anthony Rapp, this innovative video offers a powerful look at the ways in which individuals are reclaiming their classrooms and hallways as spaces safe for GLBT students.
Sections: Intro | Creating Safe Schools | Hostile Environments | Diversity & Identity | Speaking Up! | Being Out
Writer & Editor: John Kazlauskas
Executive Producer: Sut Jhally
Production Manager: Kelly Garner
Camera: John Kazlauskas
Editor: Kenyon King
Official Selection, 2002 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Praise for the Film
is an energetic, thoughtful and moving examination of the many and complex issues facing queer young people today. Its visuals and pacing will keep students engaged while its content provides a wealth of material for substantive discussion."
- Deborah Carlin | Associate Professor of English | University of Massachusetts, Amherst | Editor, Queer Theories: Readings Across Disciplines