Friday, March 27, 2009

NEWS: Straightlaced premieres at OPRFHS

On April 7 at 7 p.m., the Little Theater at Oak Park River Forest High School will be premiering Straightlaced: How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up - the newest film from the makers of It's Elementary, That's a Family and Let's Get Real.

Oak Park PFLAG will be sponsoring attendance by Morton East High School GSA members.

The film is part of Groundspark's Respect for All Project. Just as the other films in the series, Straightlaced will be used in Groundswell's professional development work, serving as a catalyst for change in thousands of K-12 schools around the country.

Straightlaced, the newest film, takes on how gender-based stereotypes and anti-gay attitudes affect the lives of all students. From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, the students in Straightlaced illustrate the toll of deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth, and any proceeds will benefit both Groundspark and the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Tickets are available on the Groundspark website here just click on the Chicago screening.