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HRC, NEA, and AFT Premiere Groundbreaking Welcoming Schools Film

Welcoming Schools ScreeningPost submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

Last night the HRC Family Project joined the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for the screening of the new short film, What Do You Know? 6-12 Year Olds Talk about Gays and Lesbians.  The film shows kids are not naïve when it comes to gays and lesbians and they’re more accepting than you might think.  The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s director Ellen Brodsky, Welcoming Schools Director Kim Westheimer, and members of the Welcoming Schools National Advisory Council.

Created as a professional development tool for educators, What Do You Know, features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gays and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they’d like teachers to do.  The film is part of the HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools project, which is a comprehensive guide for elementary schools with tools, lessons, and resources to embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping, and end bullying and name-calling. 

Fifty to 100 parents, teachers, school administrators, and community members were in attendance for the screening and insightful discussion.  To view the film’s trailer and for more information on Welcoming Schools, please visit www.welcomingschools.org.

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