Homophobia didn’t just happen. Orchestrated campaigns by cultural institutions and public figures have systemically instilled anti-LGBTQ prejudice into American culture by shaping public opinion. In the 1960s, propaganda films warned parents of “predatory characters” at local parks under the guise of public service announcements.
Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign in the 70’s galvanized a coalition of conservative religious groups that spread the idea that sexual abnormalities would corrupt the nation and its children. The 80’s AIDS pandemic further exacerbated fears about homosexuality and “making fun” became a way to marginalize those who were different,
Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign in the 70’s galvanized a coalition of conservative religious groups that spread the idea that sexual abnormalities would corrupt the nation and its children. The 80’s AIDS pandemic further exacerbated fears about homosexuality and “making fun” became a way to marginalize those who were different, which subsequently generated anger, fear, violence and even murder against targets deemed inferior.
Although the LGBTQ+ community has witnessed progress since the passing of Marriage Equality and award-winning LGBTQ+ shows and films have been embraced, the psychic damage to gay people is deep and events like the tragedy that struck the Orlando PULSE night club remind us that hateful propaganda can sometimes lead to deadly outcomes.
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“Homophobia didn't just happen. It took decades of instruction and collaboration to shape public opinion in support of the idea that homosexuality is unacceptable in our society.”
–Sharon Wilfong, Vocal.Media
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CINEMA LIBRE STUDIO presents a TREADING YESTERDAY PRODUCTIONS production "HOMOSAYWHAT"
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EDITED & NARRATED BY: KAI MORGAN PRODUCED BY KAI MORGAN CRAIG BETTENDORF
DIRECTED BY: CRAIG BETTENDORF
Dr. Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST, ACS
Organizer • Writer • Educator • Speaker •
Singer • Performer • Fashionista
Jody Rose, MA, MFA
Professor • Author • Speaker • FTM Activist.
DHS, Doctor of Human Sexuality
Elisabeth A. Sheff Ph.D., CSE
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after they personally witness Sir Elton John and David Furnish's failure to
adopt a child. They speak with social workers, lawyers, psychologists, and
adoption agencies around the world and learn that there is a flawed system is
in place that deprives children of the most basic human rights.
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