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LGBTQ+ Identity

These films are filled with stories of self-discovery, inclusion, and respect. Growing up can be a hard job, especially when a student feels as isolated as some of the characters in these short films. Get the conversation started.

All programs include theatrical screening and media education.

How to book?
Book a field trip or in-school session today.

fldtrips@facets.org
Phone: 773.281.9075 ext. 3040

How much does it cost?
Field trips: Tickets are $6 per kid for groups of 25 or more and $7 for groups under 25. Chaperones attend free of charge based on an approximate 10:1 ratio of students to chaperones—there is a $10 fee for each additional chaperone. Refreshment packages are available.

In-School sessions: Session cost is determined by class size. We charge $8 per kid for groups of 50 or more, but there is a minimum fee of $400 for groups of 50 or less. There is an additional $100 fee for each additional 20 miles from Chicago.

P M V —indicates programs that contain profanity (P), mature themes (M), violence (V), relative to the suggested grade range of the program


Film still from Straight With You  program

Straight With You

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Grades 6–8

These shorts follow the dilemmas of identity, the social and familial consequences of coming out, and the importance of finding sources of strength and friendship along the way.

In one film, 11 year-old Melvin has difficulty coming out to his best friend when she's indicated a romantic interest. It's a tough spot to be in, especially since he had to change schools after being bullied for being gay. In another film, neighbor girls pull a prank by pretending one is a boy and starting a penpal relationship. As correspondence grows, Lilja grows fond of Melitta—can she reveal her true identity face to face—or is the confrontation too much to bear?

Themes: Embracing differences; Identity exploration; Identifying and self-managing behavior; Recognizing personal qualities and external supports; Understanding feelings and perspectives of others; Recognizing individual similarities and differences; Overcoming intolerance.

Films: This PSA is Gay!, Black Sheep, Bob, Bendik and the Monster, No Rain, No Rainbow, Next Door Letters, Wini + George, and Straight with You.

90 mins with media education. In English, Serbo-Croatian, German, Norwegian, Japanese, and Swedish with English subtitles.

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Film still from True Colors  program

True Colors

M P

Grades 9+

An exploration of identity that is relatable to all, these films are filled with tales of self-discovery and belonging.

First, a boisterous musical, where a young man's quest for love and acceptance shows how freedom of expression is worth singing about! In another film, a neighbor joins in a mean girl bullying prank posing, by as a fake pen pal with a made-up identity. As correspondence grows, Lilja grows fond of Melitta—can she reveal her true identity? Then, Joppe seems to have it all—confidence, popularity, a loving family. But there are two things Joppe desperately wants: to go out with her crush, Brian, and to be finally biologically female.

Themes: Embracing differences; Identity exploration; Identifying and self-managing behavior; Recognizing personal qualities and external supports; Understanding feelings and perspectives of others; Recognizing individual similarities and differences; Overcoming intolerance.

Films: This PSA is Gay!, A Good Man, Bald Guy, Next Door Letters, I Am A Girl!, and Father Wanted ... With A Piggy Nose.

90 mins with media education. In English, Norwegian, Swedish, and German with English subtitles.

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation