Because of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, I feel connected. I feel real. I feel strong. Most importantly, I feel like I am really making a difference in our world, one step at a time. -Adriana
Here is a wonderful piece of work about hope and the importance of tolerance. This is something that everyone should see. It belongs in homes, schools and houses of worship. Ugly Ducklings will restore your faith in the bright, tolerant young people who will inherit the future. ~Lynn Kippax, Director of Public & Media Relations Maine Dept. of Health & Human Services.
This Kit is going to save lives. ~Betsy Parsons, Teacher & GLSEN Member
A National Campaign to Reduce Bullying & Harassment of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth
In 2006, Hardy Girls Healthy Women partnered with the Greater Waterville C4CY to create a cutting edge multi-media program Ugly Ducklings designed to educate and inspire people to take action against bias-based bullying and harassment gay and lesbian youth.
We teamed with playwright Carolyn Gage to stage the Maine premiere of her award-winning play, Ugly Ducklings and based on the success and community interest, we developed an educational documentary film and community action kit for families, schools, and communities to help address this issue.
This documentary highlights homophobia, bullying and harassment; the real experiences that lead young people to mask their sexual identities, feelings, and questions. By weaving together scenes from the rehearsal process, the play, and from interviews with the fourteen female actors as well as local experts on gender, Hardy Girls Healthy Women and Greater Waterville C4CY have created an important program that can be replicated throughout the country to hopefully change cultural attitudes.
The film also focuses on issues that young people who do not fit into mainstream definitions of sexuality deal with, the lack of voice and the depths of pain that lead some to suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. These brave young people are challenging their schools and communities to deal with the concerns of LGBTQ youth.
Our goal for Ugly Ducklings is to educate and inspire people to take action against bias-based bullying and harassment, so that we can protect our children from the harassment and violence that can lead to self-harm and suicide.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE Community Action Kit for EVERY school district in Maine!
We can provide every school district in the state with an Ugly Ducklings Community Action Kit- this kit includes resources for educators, parents, kids, and a section on youth suicide PLUS the documentary and extras-- like interviews with local specialists on youth and gender!
This is an opportunity you DONT WANT TO MISS OUT ON!
Download an application for your Gay-Straight Alliance or Civil Rights Team today!
"The closet is kind of a death-in-life experience, a form of suicide... Thank you all for this project." -anonymous
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