Who Should See This Film


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 that deeply held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives.

Straightlaced can be used in a variety of settings to open dialogue about issues of teens, gender, sexuality – and to inspire both youth and adults to create safer and more inclusive environments for everyone. These settings include:

Classrooms and schools. Include the film and discussion activities as part of a high school English, social studies, health, leadership or arts curriculum—or anywhere that gender issues, diversity or violence prevention is a topic or concern. The film can provide a focal point for schoolwide assemblies and support the work of social justice clubs, Gay-Straight Alliances, or schoolwide diversity and violence-prevention initiatives. Though geared primarily to a high school audience, Straightlaced can also spark powerful conversations in middle schools. Please see our suggested guidelines for this age level in the curriculum guide.

Student clubs, after-school programs and youth leadership organizations. Use the film and curriculum materials to inspire dialogue and action in out-of-school settings. Straightlaced may have particular resonance in programs focusing on girls’ or boys’ empowerment, youth leadership, media arts, activism, community engagement, lesbian/ gay/bisexual/transgender youth, or violence prevention.

Counseling programs and support groups. Incorporate Straightlaced in teen support groups, adolescent health programs, domestic-violence-prevention efforts and other counseling projects.

Parent/guardian support meetings. Introduce Straightlaced at parent/guardian- education and community-support meetings to help parents, guardians and other adults better understand and support youth at home and school.

Community conversations. Include the film as part of a town hall meeting or community forum on youth issues. Show it at a film festival or as a feature presentation at a conference. Share Straightlaced in faith-based youth programs, summer camps or other community organizations.

Staff development contexts. Use the film and curriculum guide at staff development workshops, trainings or staff advisory meetings.

Download an informational flyer about Straightlaced here!