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GLSEN East Tennessee Partners with Youth in Motion

GLSEN East Tennessee is proud to announce a new tool for GSAs to receive LGBT films for no cost!

Since 2008, Youth in Motion has provided free LGBTQ themed movies, with accompanying curricula and action guides, to student clubs and educators in middle and high schools. Youth in Motion, previously available only in California, provides student activists and teachers with interactive tools to educate their peers about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and culture. Now with over 600 schools registered in over 30 states, Youth in Motion and Frameline are pleased to announce the nationwide expansion of this program for the 2013-2014 school year.

"For the past five years, thousands of students at hundreds of schools in California have viewed groundbreaking LGBTQ films, and used professional curriculum to learn more about our community's history and personal experiences. As Youth in Motion expands nationally with six titles on queer youth perspectives, students from Alabama to Montana will now be able to experience the feeling of a film festival screening in their own communities, and teachers will be given tools to easily integrate into classrooms, and encourage student activism," said Alexis Whitham, Frameline’s Director of Educational Programming & Acquisitions.

Youth in Motion’s DVD release, Insights: Queer Youth Defining Our Future, includes short films representing a range of LGBTQ youth experiences—from authentic self-expression to families of choice to films that delve into the dangers of bullying. The collection comes with a Curriculum Guide for educators to incorporate the films into classroom lessons, along with an Action Guide to help foster student leadership and activism.

GLSEN East Tennessee is glad to help provide these films for our local Gay-Straight Alliances!


The films in this year’s collection are:


What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year-Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians

Director Ellen Brodsky / 13 minutes

With perspectives ranging from basic to nuanced, elementary school children

openly share their thoughts on the words that they hear on a daily basis in this

HRC-produced film.


Yeah Kowalski!

Director Evan Roberts / 10 minutes

A thirteen-year-old late bloomer goes to great lengths to impress his classmate

crush, Shane, in this comedic tale.



Director Rebecca Louisell / 19 minutes

What happens when violinist Rachel, the token straight friend in her group, meets

handsome genderqueer teenager named Sammy, who happens to play guitar?


The Infamous T

Director Melissa Koch / 30 minutes

Homeless, bullied, and failing out of high school, 18-year-old Jonathon moves in

with queer host parents, transfers schools, and forms a dance crew. As he

struggles to mesh with his new household, stay in school, and be his most

authentic self, he discovers that home is more than four walls and that friendship

can transform us in this moving documentary.


Teens Like Phil

Director Dominic Haxton & David Rosler / 20 minutes

Teens Like Phil explores the complicated and painful circumstances surrounding

a relationship in an effort to better understand the roots of the bullying epidemic.


I Don't Want to Go Back Alone (Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho)

Director Daniel Ribeiro / 17 minutes

A blind schoolboy develops a crush on a new student in his class in this tender

Brazilian short available on YouTube, with accompanying curriculum included in

this collection.


Educators and students can register to receive Insights: Queer Youth Defining Our

Future, on Frameline’s website at The new

collection is free for participating schools. Frameline and Youth in Motion advise

new participants to register as soon as possible due to a limited supply of DVDs.


 Youth in Motion is made possible in part with the generous support of

Youth in Motion is presented in partnership with GSA Network. GLSEN East Tennessee is a member of the National Association of GSA Networks.