In Even Hannah Montana can teach your children about gay culture , we discussed how TV can be a powerful teaching tool. Movies are also rich with lessons about our amazing gay culture. And they are fun for the whole family, too. Below is a list of easily accessible DVDs to watch with your children. Use your own judgment about how old your child should be. If you’re desperate to move beyond the animation phase of multimedia entertainment, don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little. After all, it’s never too early for positive indoctrination. Suggested teaching points help you make each viewing experience educational as well as enjoyable.
|Mulan||Mulan is animated proof that lesbians existed in imperial Japan.|
|Harry Potter||Dumbledore is gay. J.K Rowling herself outted him. Point out that despite being gay, Dumbledore was entrusted with the care of impressionable children. Contrary to the beliefs of right wing religious nutcases, just because you’re a gay men and you work at a boarding school does not mean you’re a pedophile.|
|Tootsie||Gay or straight, any male (your son included) who hits a roadblock in his chosen profession should cross-dress. Assure your son, “Cross-dressing doesn’t mean you’re gay—though you may confuse a lot of people.”|
|Victor / Victoria||Women, too, can salvage their careers by cross-dressing. It also helps to have a savvy gay male best friend.|
|The Birdcage||As the credits roll at the end of the movie, clear your throat and deliver this lecture: “Armand and Albert may have subjugated their identities and endangered their relationship to help their heterosexual son gain the approval of his right-wing-demagogue-future-father-in-law, but don’t expect us to do it. We are not about to cross-dress, play husband and wife, and line our bookshelves with Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh to win some asshole’s approval.”|
|Serving in Silence||Like Glenn Close in this movie, many great stage and screen actors have sought out gay roles. Kissing a member of the same sex enhances their reputations as serious, uncompromising artists so dedicated to their craft that they will do anything. Having gay screen credentials is now considered more critical to an actor’s resume than having portrayed someone with autism, schizophrenia, hydrocephalism, proteus syndrome, or third-degree burns over 98% of the body.|
|Bend It Like Beckham||Point out that Kyra Knightley’s mother gets far too upset about the prospect that her daughter might be a lesbian. Assure yours, “Honey, I would never tell you to get your heterosexual feet out of my shoes. You can love whomever you choose.”|
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