Archive for April, 2009

Straightlaced in Oakland!



By | Straightlaced
People line up outside the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland for Straightlaced

People line up outside the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland for Straightlaced

The Grand Lake Theater played stage for an amazing event: The East Bay Premiere of Straightlaced! A joint fundraiser for Met West High School in Oakland, Thursday night’s event was a reminder for many here at GroundSpark of why we do the work that we do.

There were more folks waiting to get in the door than we knew what to do with, a harbinger for the energetic reception the film would receive later in the night. As folks settled into their seats, there was an energetic buzz in the air. A sold out crowd of youth, educators, film enthusiasts all crowded into the theater for the film.

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Respect For All News Roundup



By | Latest News

News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!

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This week is a special news roundup featuring the latest blog post from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, regarding yet another tragic suicide of a young person due to bullying.
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GroundSpark in the San Francisco Chronicle



By | Straightlaced

Straightlaced director Debra Chasnoff and producer Sue Chen were interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle this week about the film and the upcoming East Bay premiere in Oakland.

Read on for the article or click here to visit the Chronicle’s website.

Director Debra Chasnoff (left) and Producer Sue Chen (right)

Director Debra Chasnoff (left) and Producer Sue Chen (right)

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Debra Chasnoff on firedoglake.com tonight!



By | Straightlaced

Straightlaced director, Debra Chasnoff, will be chatting online TONIGHT over at firedoglake.com about the film!

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Respect For All News Roundup



By | Straightlaced

News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!

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“Getting Real’ About Bullying-Related Suicides,” Our Second Op-Ed Piece on the Huffington Post



By | Straightlaced

Our perspective on the recent spate of suicides committed by young people as a result of bullying is featured on the Huffington Post and on Facing History, Facing Today. In this article we discuss why these tragedies are occurring, and what schools can do to become part of the solution.

This week another young life was silently lost in our nation’s schools. Eleven year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover killed himself after enduring months of anti-gay bullying at his school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Respect For All News Roundup



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News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!

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Straightlaced Sparks Change in Chicago



By | Straightlaced

This past Tuesday over a hundred diverse community leaders, educators, and youth joined GroundSpark staff at the Chicago premiere of Straightlaced. Following marriage victories in Iowa and Vermont, change was in the air, and people entered the screening already feeling the desire to make a difference in their own community.

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The Huffington Post Features Our Article,
“Break the Silence on Bullying”



By | Latest News

Our op ed got published in the Huffington Post about the Eric Mohat suicide, Matthew Shepard and Straightlaced.

Here’s a link to the page on the Huffington Post, or you can read it below:

On Wednesday, 250 educators and students from Laramie, Wyoming opened the 10th Matthew Shepard Symposium for Social Justice by watching the film Straightlaced? How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up. Before the screening, a reporter asked me how today’s climate has changed since Matthew’s brutal murder in 1998. “It’s deceptive,” I said. “We see gay characters on TV regularly now, but after spending five years interviewing teenagers about their experiences with gender-based stereotypes, I’ve learned that popular culture doesn’t necessarily translate into school climates improving around this issue.”

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Respect For All News Roundup



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News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!

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