Implementing FAIR: LGBT Media in California Classrooms

Perhaps more than any other movement, the history of LGBT culture, community, activism, and history has been collected through media, primarily film. Whether breaking barriers through Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, or Nancy Kates and Bennett Singers’ Brother Outsider, there is no denying the power of film to inspire the evolving conversations about LGBT history and rights.

In 2011, with the passage of SB 48, also known as the FAIR Education Act, California schools are now required to include political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and LGBT people into textbooks and social studies curricula. Please join Frameline for this FREE event to discuss how independent filmmakers, nonprofit organizations, and others are working to provide LGBT films for California schools, and how we can help to create a safe space for discussions in classroom settings.

This free panel, sponsored by KQED, will be introduced by State Senator Mark Leno, chief author of the FAIR Act legislation, and will feature GSA Network Executive Director Carolyn Laub, and local administrators and teachers with in-classroom experience using LGBT content and media.

GSA Network will set the stage by discussing their comprehensive report “Implementing Lessons That Matter: The Impact of LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum on Student Safety, Well-Being, and Achievement.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Mills College Associate Provost and Professor of Education David Donahue, and will be followed by a discussion of film resources already available to schools, including brief clips courtesy of representatives from GroundSpark (Academy-Award Winning documentarian Debra Chasnoff’sStraightlaced, It’s Elementary), Impact Stories (On These Shoulders We Stand, Frameline34), and Frameline’s 30-year-old distribution collection.

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