Anyone and Everyone – Parents Reactions To Kids Coming Out
From the Anyone and Everyone website:
This film is especially important since up to 26% of gay teens who come out to their parents or guardians are told they must leave home. Of the approximately 1.6 million homeless American youth, 20-40% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Nearly 40% of LGBT (GLBT) students report being physically harassed. In a 2001 Department of Health study of youth in Massachusetts, about 40 percent of gay and lesbian students attempted suicide, compared to about 10 percent of their heterosexual peers.
Many people about to come out wonder whether or not their family will reject them. If you ever want to know how important your family is to you, imagine someday telling them something about yourself that resulted in them severing their relationship with you. Or imagine sharing some part of yourself that forever made you unacceptable to them. It was a terrifying thought for me even as a 31 year old. For a 17-year old, it can be paralyzing.
The other night John and I happened to be flipping through TV channels before bed. By accident we landed on a PBS show called Anyone and Everyone. It is a documentary of parents reacting to their children coming out to them.
John and I were blown away. Hearing about the coming out process from the parents’ points of view was pretty heart wrenching in some cases. We were in tears more than once and not always because we were sad. Some of these parents turn out to be amazing.
I’ve posted the trailer below. I almost didn’t because it really doesn’t come close to doing the film justice. Check your local Public Broadcasting Station to see if it showing in your area. You can also order the DVD at the website link above. I’ve ordered three copies myself if anyone wants to borrow one.