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“It’s Elementary”: A Film and Panel Discussion about LGBTQ Identities, Families, and Curriculum

Monday, April 4, 2011, 7:30 p.m. in Hoyt Hall, University of Rochester’s River Campus

Panel Members:

  • Edward Brockenbrough, Assistant Professor and Director, Urban Teaching & Leadership Program at U of R
  • Jessica Cohen, Coordinator of LGBTQ Youth Center at Gay Alliance
  • LGBTQ Youth from the Youth Center
  • Crystal Clark, 2010 School Counselor of the Year, Warner School Alum
  • Teacher (TBA) and Doctoral student from the Warner School
  • Moderated by: Andrew Thomas, Doctoral Student at the Warner School, and Program Chair of the LGBTQ & Allies SIG.

Originally released in 1995, It’s Elementary is a documentary film that addresses the needs as well as the difficulties associated with implementing curriculum that is designed to address and affirm LGBTQ identity in an authentic way. As the film’s website states, “all kids are affected by anti-gay prejudice, and all adults have the ability and responsibility to address it.” In our screening of the professional development cut of the film and follow up discussion, we hope to engage our panel and audience in an informative dialogue about how far we have come since the film’s original release and what work remains, so that we can ensure that all students feel safe in schools.

The film is captioned. A sign language interpreter will be provided for the discussion. For questions about this event, please contact Andrew Thomas at

Co-Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, the LGBTQ & Allies Special Interest Group at the Warner School of Education, and The Warner School at the U of R.

Part of the LGBTQ Film Series sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies.

April is LGBTQI Awareness Month at U of R.  Click on link for all events.

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