The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Part of The Respect for All Project.
It’s Elementary is the first film of its kind to address anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with kids about gay people. Hailed as “a model of intelligent directing,” It’s Elementary shows that children are eager and able to wrestle with stereotypes and absorb new facts about what it means to be gay or lesbian.
Since it aired on more than 100 public television stations in 1999, It’s Elementary has fueled a growing movement of educators and parents — gay and straight alike — who are committed to preventing pervasive homophobia and anti-gay violence. The film shows what happens when kids in kindergarten through eighth grade discuss lesbian- and gay-related topics in age-appropriate ways. Shot in six public and private schools, It’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more.
It’s Elementary has won numerous awards, has been acquired by nearly 3,000 educational institutions, and has received widespread acclaim from educators, policymakers, parents and religious leaders. Not surprisingly, It’s Elementary has also been relentlessly condemned by the conservative right.
Since its release, the producers have run a remarkably successful grassroots distribution campaign, intended to make It’s Elementary accessible to every conceivable type of institution working with children today. Through this effort, the film has had an unprecedented impact, creating a tidal wave of activism and public dialogue about addressing lesbian and gay issues in schools.
Accompanying It’s Elementary on the newly released DVD, is the recently produced retrospective documentary, It’s STILL Elementary. This companion film follows up with some of the original students and teachers from It’s Elementary. It tells the fascinating history of why the film got made, the response it provoked from the conservative right, and the questions it raises about the national safe schools movement today. It’s STILL Elementary is a call to action for parents and educators to continue working for safe, inclusive schools.
Part of The Respect For All Project
Running Time: 78 minutes feature film, 38-minute training version, and 51 minute newly released retrospective documentary Format: DVD and VHS (two tape VHS Package, does not include It’s STILL Elementary