It’s been a busy few weeks putting together the edit for the film documenting the first stage of ‘project Triangle’ which has been the young people’s trip to Poland , focusing on a visit to Auschwitz as well as meeting some young LGBT people for the Polish group KPH (Campaign Against Homophobia).
It’s been a big project, not just in terms of length of film, but in terms of doing justice to the young people’s journey and to the themes the project raised. Recent news headlines have highlighted that there is still a lot of work needed to be done in terms of equality for LGBT people, and no more so than in schools. All the young people in the film discussed how they received no support or guidance about coming out, or about sex education in general and that experiencing of bullying do to sexuality went unchallenged.
The research for the background to the film has also been interesting. I discovered that in 1986 a South Stafford Councilor, William Frank Brownhill, called for 90% of gays and lesbians to be gassed to stop the spread of aids.
The first screening of the completed film is on 4th November at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool, this will ultimately be an hour long documentary which will then be developed into an educational resource pack for use by teachers to help them tackle homophobia in schools.