Gay Issues

‘Boy in a Bikini,’ Other Gay Films Shown in California Schools

| by Pacific Justice Institute

San Francisco, CA - A San Francisco group billing itself as "the best in LGBT media" is claiming hundreds of public schools in California have signed up to show its films and use accompanying discussion materials. One film features a boy "coming out" by wearing his mother's bikini. Another film incorporates Native American spiritualism to cast LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender) persons as "two-spirit" people.

The films and school materials are being distributed by Youth in Motion, a partnership between Frameline and Gay-Straight Alliance Network. YIM can be accessed at (warning: may contain offensive content). The films are accompanied by a "curriculum guide" and "action guide." Among other things, the guides encourage students to question whether religious and cultural celebrations, such as Jewish bar mitzvahs, wrongly discourage homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

The list of schools claimed to use these materials include scores of high schools throughout the state, as well as a few middle and junior high schools, and at least one elementary school in San Leandro, California. While many of the affected schools are located in the Bay Area and Southern California, other regions - including the Sacramento area and small communities in the Central Valley and the Sierras - are also affected.

Parents are strongly encouraged to check the list of affected schools here or call Pacific Justice Institute to determine whether the Youth in Motion curriculum is being used in their child's school.