Documentary Screening: Straightlaced - How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

03/31/2011 7:00 pm

The Alexandria LGBTQ Victim Services Task Force is going to show the film on Thursday, March 31 at 7 PM at the Durant Center (on Cameron St.) in Old Town.

Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up is a feature length documentary that takes a powerful and intimate look at how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of American teens today. The film proudly showcases the diverse and unscripted voices of more than 50 youth from a wide range of high schools, who speak with breathtaking honesty, insight, and humor about gender roles and the struggle to be who they really are. 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. Their courageous stories also model the possibility of dialogue and action, offering both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence and toward a more inclusive, empowering society.

Here's what people are saying about Straightlaced:

• "A rare gem about the courage it takes to break out of the box, live authentic lives, and stand up for justice. Harvey would be proud of the youth in Straightlaced.”
--Bruce Cohen, Academy Award winner and producer of "Milk"

• "This film lifts kids up to make them realize that it's okay to be who you want to be. “
--Carlos Garcia, Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District

• “I cannot overstate how important this film is. If I were king of the world I’d have every parent, teacher and teenager in America see it!"
--Don Schwartz, CineSource Magazine

• “A work of huge importance, that is both challenging and accessible.”
--London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival


Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center
1605 Cameron St.
Alexandria, VA 22314