GroundSpark: Igniting Change Through Film
CONTACT: Debra Chasnoff
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National Organizations Join GroundSpark’s
Outreach Campaign for
Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up

San Francisco, CA — March 15, 2011 — On the heels of the White House conference on bullying, GroundSpark, the national film, education, and advocacy organization, announced its national partners for the distribution campaign for Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, the organization’s award-winning documentary film about the pressures teens face today because of gender role expectations.

Partners are publicizing the value of Straightlaced as a critical tool to help improve school social climates, particularly when it comes to addressing stigma and social pressures connected to gender roles, sexuality, and sexual orientation.

“Making the film and playing the film festival circuit were just the first steps in our campaign to open up dialogue about pressures to conform to gender stereotypes,” says the film’s director, Debra Chasnoff. “Working with these valued national partners to reach their millions of members and supporters will help ensure that Straightlaced has a significant impact in supporting youth to flourish, free from bias and harm.”

GroundSpark’s partners are equally determined to expand Straightlaced’s reach. “It’s a must see for anyone who has a young person in their lives,” says Whitney Smith, the founder and CEO of Girls For A Change, who signed on to the campaign “because this dialogue should be part of every curriculum in school.”

Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance agrees. “Every high school student in America should see it.”  

Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up has been in increasingly high demand as the national media has focused more attention on bias-related bullying and harassment. The film profiles an extremely diverse crossection of teenagers who examine the way that gender-based expectations impact their lives—pressures that lead to bullying, low academic performance, risky sexual behavior, drug abuse, and most seriously, suicide attempts and violence. The film is starting to be used in high schools across the country and teacher education programs to help open up much needed dialogue about gender norms and stigma based on actual or perceived sexual orientation.

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Straightlaced National Partners:
  • Anti Defamation League
  • Answer
  • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
  • Facing History & Ourselves
  • Gender Spectrum
  • Girls for a Change
  • Girls Incorporated

  • GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
  • Gay-Straight Alliance Network
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • True Colors
  • PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays
  • Safe Schools Coalition
  • Teaching Tolerance

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