A Film about Homophobia and School Violence
Narrated by Lily Tomlin
Produced by Gary Takesian and Roz Esposito
Teach Your Children Well is a documentary short (39 min) narrated by Emmy Award winning actress and comedienne, Lily Tomlin. The film explores the often tragic effects of homophobia, bullying, and school violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender young people. It tells its story through interviews with parents, teachers, students, and professionals from various gay and lesbian service organizations.
With the recent media emphasis on bullying, and in particular the suicides resulting from bullying, the film is very timely. The film includes an on-camera recounting of the recent suicide of 13 year old Seth Walsh, by his mother, Wendy Walsh. Seth was one of the four teen suicides who made national headlines in September, 2010.
The film’s primary goal is to bring homophobia and its harmful repercussions to light, and to hopefully effect a change in society’s consciousness such that the bullying and violence against our L-G-B-T young people is greatly reduced – and ultimately eliminated.