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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

A Film About the Journey of Understanding a Gay Child

(Rochester, New York) January 16, 2008 – WXXI, ImageOut and the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley will host a free screening of the acclaimed film Anyone & Everyone, followed by a panel discussion, on Sunday, February 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Little Theater 1, 240 East Avenue in Rochester. Doors open 3:30 p.m.

Anyone and Everyone tells the stories of families from Utah to North Carolina and Wyoming to New York, all connected by a common thread — a gay child. This poignant and often heartbreaking documentary by first-time filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz (also a parent of a gay son) depicts families representing a wide range of religions, nationalities, and political leanings. During the film, parents recall their initial reactions to their child’s coming-out, and their sometimes-difficult journey to acceptance. Some showed unconditional support; others struggled with their child’s sexual orientation, failing to understand the universal nature of homosexuality.

This screening event is part of a nine-month outreach initiative designed to generate community conversations around the issues families face when a child is gay. The campaign also includes private screenings of the film for community groups, a broadcast of the film on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) slated for Summer 2008, and educational feeds to area schools and universities.
National outreach funding is provided by Iron Zeal Films. The screening at the Little Theater is presented in open caption with ASL interpretation.


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