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Straight from the Heart

Academy Award™ nominated short film Straight from the Heart explores parents' journeys to a new understanding of their lesbian and gay children.

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Straight from the Heart presents simple stories about real people: a police chief who talks about how proud he is of his lesbian daughter, a Mormon couple whose son is believed to be the first gay man in Idaho to have died from AIDS, and a black woman and her two lesbian daughters who had been accused of "catching" their lesbianism from white people.

This film shows that prejudice against gays and lesbians is a form of bigotry inseparable from other manifestations of prejudice, particularly racism. Interviewees include PFLAG's Mitzi Henderson; Edmond L. Browning, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Police Chief Tom Potter; and Michael Bussee, Founder of Exodus International.

This film is part of the Unlearning Homophobia series.

Format: VHS/DVD
Year: 1994
Running Time: 27 minutes


Film Credits

A Woman Vision Production

Discussion Guide

Straight from the Heart: A Discussion Guide written by Jennifer M. Finlay and Linda Alband; supplemental materials Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D

After watching and discussing Straight from the Heart, the audience should have a deeper understanding of the following issues:

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