What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary special promotes the acceptance of the LGBT community by underscoring the difficulty that gays and lesbians face in revealing their sexuality to others. Same-sex kissing is visible, and occasional salty vocab ("a--hole") is muted. There's some drinking (wine) and cigarette smoking. Information about support services (such as the Trevor Lifeline) for the LGBT community is also provided.
What's the story?
COMING OUT follows two young adults preparing to reveal their sexuality to some important people in their lives. Cameras follow 21-year-old Rachael, a lesbian living in Sacramento, Calif., as she struggles with her decision to come out to her estranged father. Viewers also meet Nevin, a 20-year-old college athlete from Cincinnati, Ohio, as he anxiously prepares to tell his rugby team that he's gay. From coping with the fears of revealing their true selves to experiencing the pride that comes from standing up for who they are, the two show how difficult it can be to come out to the people you care about the most.
Is it any good?
The documentary takes an honest look at the range of emotions that gays and lesbians must come to terms with when deciding to come out of the closet. It also shows how difficult and frightening the actual moment they publicly reveal their sexuality can be -- and how satisfying it can be once that moment is over.
The film is voyeuristic, but it also underscores how empowering coming out can be to someone who's comfortable with his/her own sexuality but is still struggling to be who they are in public. The documentary also serves as a way of reminding viewers who may be struggling with similar issues that they're not alone.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it means to come out of the closet. What is the significance of this act to members of the LGBT community? Why do you think Rachael and Nevin chose to come out on television?
What are some of the existing stereotypes about members of the LGBT community? How does the media perpetuate or diffuse these stereotypes?