another one: put this on the map

[Captioning is available — click through to watch this on YouTube itself, as captions do not come along when embedded.]

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} is a collaborative effort to steer the conversation beyond the symptom of bullying, to consider systemic issues and deeper beliefs about gender and sexuality that impact queer youth. As they say in the clip above, they don’t want to wait until it gets better, they want it to be better now. And it’s not just a matter of “safe places” or “stopping bullying”, it’s also about examining the cultural framework within which we live and how it impacts queer youth. From their site:

In 2008-2009, a group in Seattle’s eastside suburbs came together to create the PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} documentary. The project combined participatory action research strategies with youth leadership and community development. The result was the completion of a 34-minute documentary film in 2010.

To meet the growing demand for screenings and trainings, we expanded in March 2010 and launched an education program reteaching gender and sexuality. The program has demonstrated its power to both strengthen schools and communities while providing youth trainers valuable skills and experience working as trainers and consultants.

[…]Research indicates that queer and transgender young people are more than four times as likely to have attempted suicide in the past year than their peers, as well as face an increased risk of harassment at school, drug and alcohol use, and of being the victims of physical violence. Queer and transgender youth are also over-represented in the juvenile justice system and in systems of state care, where policies and practices often don’t meet the most basic safeguards. Educators, health providers, service organizations, and state agencies often lack confidence and competency to help or to address structural issues related to gender and sexuality.

We believe that in order to improve the lives of queer youth, we need to involve all young people and the adults that work with them in conversations about gender and sexuality. By training youth-serving professionals and young people, we invite broad participation in our mission to improve educational and health outcomes for LGBTQ youth, and strengthen communities for all young people.

Of course, not every school across the country will invite this sort of workshop to visit, but for those who can bring in such materials, there’s good resources here.

This project comes from Capitol Hill, where Dan Savage and his husband of the It Gets Better project also reside. Clearly something’s in the water over there, lots of bright minds. (Too much water, perhaps?)

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2 Responses to another one: put this on the map

  1. Jeff says:

    Thanks for sharing news about this campaign! I was a little underwhelmed by the “it eventually sucks a little less” campaign last month.

    ps: captions worked fine for me.

  2. BEG says:

    Glad you liked it! Someone mentioned it by chance deep down in a comment thread elsewhere so I checked it out, and they’re just awesome. While I don’t see some school in deep anti-gay territory asking for their materials, they are online just as the IGBP is, so queer youth could still see others their age talking about this stuff. It’s all good — each of these things pokes at a different aspect of this issue of isolation and othering of LGBT folks.

    Interesting about the captions. Could be something to do with Linux and Flash, then. I don’t get the cc button along the bottom on embedded clips, but they show up if I click thru to YouTube. Hrm.