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Sex in film can provide a light, approachable, and educative avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them. Homosexuals in film… Fantastich !. Dealing with gay parents. The Kids Are Alright- 2010.

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Sex in film can provide a light, approachable, and educative avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.

Homosexuals in film…Fantastich!


Dealing with gay parents
Dealing with gay parents avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.

The Kids Are Alright- 2010

Most recent box office film depicting gay parents as “normal”

- Film is not centered around the same sex relationship ; incorporated as mundane, and simply ordinary. Not focal point of film

- Julianne Moore and AnetteBening each give birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. When the older child turns eighteen, she asks her brother to contact the biological father.

- 2010 Sundance hit.Out of 1-100 rating system from 37 critics film received an average of 86

- Widely accepted and acclaimed film; outpour of positive feedback.


Gay parents
Gay Parents. avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.

THE FACTS:

  • One of the longest ran studies ever; gathered 154 lesbian moms and studied the psychological adjustment of their children concieived through artificial insemination from conception to 17 years of age

  • The 17 year old daughters/ sons of lesbian mothers rated significantly higher in social settings, academia, and total competence

  • Rated significantly lower in social problems, rule breaking and aggressive behavior; compared to equally aged counterparts.

  • Study supported that these children had perfectly healthy psychological adjustment

  • In 2005, there were 270,313 children living with same sex parents; number continues to grow

    Some argue these results are because:

  • Same sex couples do not get pregnant by accident! It is a methodical, serious decision

  • Most couples are financially stable- Insemination+ adoption ‘aint cheap!

  • Most couples are very open and liberal; makes for a more approachable and understanding parental figure

  • Most couples discuss sex and other awkward topics with their kids at a younger age.


Dealing with gay parents1
Dealing with gay parents avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.

THE BIRDCAGE

The Birdcage: 1996- highest grossing GLBT film at the North American Box Office

-Portrays the empathetic struggle of coming to terms with gay parents, and the struggle to gain social acceptance as well.

Mixed reviews for this film; scored 72% based on reviews

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I ndividual o rientation
I avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.ndividual Orientation

Films depicting the struggle of the protagonist to identify with his/her sexual orientation is a medium in which young adults can seek comfort through relation.


Past statistics
Past Statistics avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.

  • 11.5% of gay/ lesbian youth have been physically assaulted by a family member. 1988

  • 30% of gay & bisexual adolescent males attempt suicide at least once. 1991

  • 68% of adolescent gay males use alcohol; 44% use other drugs. 1992

  • 83% of adolescent gay females use alcohol, 56% use other drugs, 11% use crack or cocaine. 1992

  • 42% of homeless identify as being gay/ lesbian. 1991

  • 80 % of teachers reported negative attitudes towards gays/lesbians. 1993

Over 30% of teen suicides each year are committed by gay/ lesbian youth. 1989

50% of all gay/ lesbian youth report that their parents reject them due to their sexual orientation. 1988

26% of gay/lesbian youth have been forced to leave their parents home due to their sexual orientation. 1989

March on Washington 1979


Progress is being made
Progress Is Being Made! avenue to difficult sexuality issues for young adults; helping teens come to terms with what sexuality means to them.

recent stats

  • Gay marriage is legal in six states- MA, CT, IA,VT,NH,DC

  • Gay marriage recognized in CA & NY

  • Gay couples are on the rise- 2010; 594,391 gay couples in U.S

  • Make up 1-4% of population in most cities, more concentrated in metropolitan areas.

  • 90% of people in the U.S think homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals

  • DADT looks as if it is on its way out

  • 13 states + District of Columbia have policies in place to protect gender identity/ sexual orientation discrimination regarding employment

  • 2010- 41% support gay marriage, 40% oppose, 10% not sure


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