The Kentucky Fairness Alliance invites you to see the film:
11:00 a.m. Film
Saturday January 9th
214 East Main Street
Free & open to all.
In November 2007, the documentary company GroundSpark interviewed friends of Josh Shipman at Lexington's Dunbar High School’s Memorial Garden for their film "Straightlaced.” Hannah Landers candidly spoke of her love for Josh, the purpose of the Garden and her dismay at the hardships Josh endured as an openly gay and flamboyant individual. Josh Shipman took his own life on October 5, 2006. He was just shy of 16 years old.
In May of 2008, days before Hannah and her mother were to travel to California to continue her interview, Hannah’s life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident. Hannah was 17 years old. In an effort to continue Hannah’s work and tell Josh’s story, the film “Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up” will premiere in their hometown of Lexington. GroundSpark dedicated the film to Hannah.
No admission will be charged, but donations are requested. Proceeds benefit the Hannah Landers Scholarship Fund and a contribution to be made to a suicide prevention program in honor and memory of Josh Shipman.
This program has received support from Fred Mills of the Kentucky Theatre and the Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice. Additional assistance for the program was from the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, the Lexington GLSO GSA, the Voice of Silence, and Dunbar’s No Day But Today.
Click here to learn more about Straightlaced and to watch a trailer about it. The heart of Straightlaced is candid interviews with more than 50 teens from diverse backgrounds.
With a fearless look at a highly charged subject, Straightlaced unearths how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. Their stories reflect a diversity of experiences, demonstrating how gender role expectations and homophobia are interwoven, and illustrating the different ways that these expectations connect with culture, race and class.
From girls confronting media messages about culture and body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren’t gay, this fascinating array of students opens up with brave, intimate honesty about the toll that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all our lives.
Voice of Silence
Dunbar High School's No Day But Today
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