SAFE SCHOOLS

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Every school should be a SAFE SCHOOL for young LGBTI people, and the more informed young people are about their sexuality and that of their classmates and peers, the safer their schools and our societies will become.

With this in mind, and especially given the terrible events in Orlando, we have created a free, downloadable resource to complement the film to be used in schools, colleges and youth groups by teachers, counsellors and youth leaders.

You can download the resource here (you will need to have a free ISSUU account), which you can see below.

These resources are for general purpose use with classes of students of secondary level (of 13 years and above). Please note they have been prepared by the team behind the film, not by qualified counsellors. We hope we have the balance and content of activities right but as we are not experts, we would greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions so that we can continue refining the resource.

Teachers  will know the maturity level of their students, the context in which they work, and the appropriateness of the activities for their classes. A general note is that, given the very personal nature of the subject, we have  tired to balance the nature of the activities between group, pair work and individual working.

We would always ask that teachers consider the needs and sensitivities of any LGBTI students in their class as a priority, and for this reason we suggest the section on ‘THE LANGUAGE’ is an individual activity, in which terms of abuse are contemplated rather than discussed openly. This should be also a consideration in the roleplay activities in the ‘IMAGINE’ section.

There is available a Word version of this resource pack to allow teachers to amend, edit and supplement the pack as they see fit. Email us on thelanguageoflovefilm@gmail.com, with RESOURCE in the Subject line.

There is also a high-resolution downloadable version of the film if schools are having problems streaming the film. Email us as above and we will send you a password.

Do pass this info on to organisations, institutions and groups that you think might be interested in using the film. And your comments are welcome.

For support, advice and information for young LGBTI people, visit:

http://minus18.org.au (Australia)

http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au (Australia)

http://www.thetrevorproject.org (USA)

http://www.itgetsbetter.org (International)

#safeschools

#Orlando  #Pulse

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1 million views!

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Thrilled to announce that THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE has just passed over one million views across YouTube, vimeo and China’s Youku and WASU networks.

It’s been two years since we launched online and it’s been an amazing experience watching how the film has reached out to so many people, and hearing the responses viewers have had to the film. Last week alone, the film was seen by almost 7000 people and you can read just some of the many comments people have posted on the film across sites, here.

We are also really pleased that, by commissioning subtitled versions of the films in Chinese, Spanish and French, the film has been able to reach that many more people across the world (we know that 200,000 people have seen the film in China, while a further 130,000 have watched the film in Spanish-speaking countries).You can see all four versions of the film, here.

Thanks, again, for your support of the film, and Kim, who is now studying dramatic writing at university as a result of the success of the film, sends his special thanks.

I got a badge, too. For library. It's gold and shiny....
I got a badge, too. For library. It’s gold and shiny….

#Celebrate Kindness

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‘I know what my mates’d say. One time, we went down to the beach, just laughing and mucking about. But, y’know, ‘Tanning is skin cells in trauma,’ so I offered to put sunscreen on Sam’s back. He just smiled, said it was fine, but the other guys howled me down. Didn’t let me forget how gay I’d acted. ‘Charlie’s a poofter!’ But I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to forget Sam running back from the surf, shaking the water out of his hair. Big grin on his face.’ 

Charlie, The Language of Love

This week is #NoNameCallingWeek in which you are asked to #CelebrateKindness by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in the States.

A fantastic initiative aimed at addressing verbal bullying in schools, #NoNameCallingWeek (#NNCW15) was inspired by the popular young adult novel entitled The Misfits by popular author James Howe.

The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. The friends create a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party wins the support of the school’s principal for their cause and their idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.

Motivated by this simple yet powerful idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition was created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s publishing and now consists of over 60 national partner organisations who, every year, run No Name-Calling Week, one of the largest bullying-prevention initiatives in the US.

You can find out more details about the initiative, including some great teaching resources and information about how you can get involved this year and next, here.

If you are a school or a performer and would be interested to screen or perform THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE as part of this initiative, or as part of a project to counter homophobia and bullying in schools, do let us know. You can read and download the full script of the original monologue, below or here

La Langue de l’Amour

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We love this image produced by French news site Stop Homophobie, accompanying a lovely reflection on the film and the idea of French being ‘the language of love’ (‘La Langue De L’Amour’). Read the article, in French, here.

‘C’est une excellente méthodologie d’approche, un monologue intelligent, salué par les critiques, et par des personnalités telles que Ellen DeGeneres ou Stephen Fry. On sent le vécu.Une introspection et “outil pédagogique” qui mérite d’être largement diffusé, notamment dans nos écoles.En un seul mot 🙂 Félicitations !’

In a word, merci!

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¡100,000 GRACIAS!

We were thrilled recently to have the Spanish-subtitled version of THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE, EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR, featured on leading Spanish-language news-site UPSOCL (a sister site to the awesome Upworthy).

We really wanted the film to reach audiences outside the English-language speaking countries, and so commissioned versions with Spanish, Chinese and French subtitles.

Needless to say, we were delighted this week to see that the Spanish-subtitled version of the film has now been seen more than 100,000 times, with tens of thousands of views coming from all across Latin America. ¡Muchísimas Gracias to Upsocl and to everyone who has seen and shared the film!

See below for the Spanish-subitled version (and click here for the French and Chinese subtitled versions).

Btw, we also put the film onto Youku, the Chinese equivalent to YouTube, and 80,000 people have seen the film there. #Spreadthelove.

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Una irónica y delicada mirada sobre el primer amor y el despertar sexual desde la perspectiva de un joven, EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR es escrito y actuado por Kim Ho, bajo la guía del exitoso escritor australiano Tommy Murphy y dirigido por Laura Escrivano.

Charlie tiene algo que decir a su mejor amigo. ¿ Encontrará las palabras?

 

Este cortometraje ‘derretirá tu corazón’ (The Advocate). Madurar, salir del closet y aprender a hablar EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR.

En EL LENGUAJE DEL AMOR, Charlie, un chico de 17 años, le es difícil encontrar las palabras para ser fiel consigo mismo .. y con su mejor amigo.

‘Este puede fácilmente ser un trabajo icónico literario para los adolescentes que enfrentan una situación como esta, que necesitan saber que no están solos, que sus pensamientos son normales y no raros….Y SOBRETODO QUE DEBEN SEGUIR SU CORAZÓN’