Anyone and Everyone

Anyone and Everyone

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Credit: IronZeal Films

Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in the documentary Anyone and Everyone airing Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

Filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation and discuss their responses.

The parents also talk about struggling with the pain of their sons and daughters dealing with not being accepted by relatives or friends, and being ostracized by religious congregations.

This film is especially important since up to 26% of gay teens who come out to their parents or guardians are told they must leave home. Of the approximately 1.6 million homeless American youth, 20-40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Nearly 40% of LGBT (GLBT) students report being physically harassed. In a 2001 Department of Health study of youth in Massachusetts, about 40 percent of gay and lesbian students attempted suicide, compared to about 10 percent of their heterosexual peers.

The film also depicts meetings of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) where people get support and help.

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