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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Happy Valentine’s Day!

A big happy Valentine’s Day to you!

We are thrilled to report that YouTube is featuring THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE as a favourite for Valentine’s Day on their daily round up of what’s best on the platform, YouTube Nation. Jacob Soboroff introduces the film, saying that ‘you HAVE to see it!’

Kim, appearing on the show, says about the film: ‘I really wanted to explore the idea of love being universal, whether you are gay or straight, regardless of who you love or who are you are, it’s all the same’.

We, understandably, are very happy!

Says Kim: How wonderful that YouTube is supporting The Language of Love on Valentine’s Day! All love is equal, and I’m so proud to see YouTube promoting that message with our film.

And Laura sent us this, from LA, where she is now based: ‘It’s super exciting to have The Language of Love featured on YouTube Nation, especially on their Valentine’s Day special. It’s an important day to share our support for same love, partnerships and marriage equality both in Australia (where same-sex couples are not afforded this basic human right) and overseas. We can’t think of a better way of being ‘proud to love’ than sharing our film with YouTube Nation audiences this Valentine’s Day’

We hope that being featured on YouTube Nation will bring the film to the attention of a lot more young people around the world who will relate to what Charlie is going through.  We’ll let you know.

Next week, some very exciting festival news! Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Summer