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When a Kid Is Gay [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Wgbh / Pbs
  • VHS Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304794568
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

First crushes. Surging hormones. Add to the typical teen turmoil the fact of being gay, and matters of sexual identity can profoundly affect how, and even whether, kids live their lives. Meet the members of a private peer-support group for gay and lesbian teens in Worcester, Massachusetts, and hear some stories that range from shocking to poignant.

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From its title, When a Kid Is Gay sounds like a self-help guide for stressed-out parents of gay kids, a step-by-step program on what to do ("(1) do not panic, (2) stop panicking"). In actuality, this sensitively but realistically made special is a testament to the strength and determination of teens and young adults who are slowly but surely finding their way out of the closet. Profiling a gay and lesbian youth group in Worcester, Massachusetts, the program offers different looks at various group members who are all dealing with different aspects of coming out: Jason is wrestling with his religious beliefs, Chris is dealing with a hostile family environment, Jeremy is adjusting to being out in the real world, Amy feels she can't bring her girlfriend home to meet her parents, and such. What makes this quietly affecting special topnotch is that these kids are real, articulate, and honest, easy to identify with--this isn't some glossed-up Beverly Hills 90210-style video. They're going through all the pain and pressure of coming out and admirably wrestling with complex issues at a very young age. Kids who are just starting to explore their sexuality would do very well to watch When a Kid Is Gay, if only to see that the solitary experience of coming out is something that's universally dealt with by all members of the gay community. It won't offer any answers to specific questions, but When a Kid Is Gay does offer courage and hope to kids who are wrestling with their homosexuality. --Mark Englehart

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2001
My husband and I suspected our teenage son was gay because of his lack of interest in girls and the way he was slowly isolating himself. We would have conversations in front of him discussing our understanding of different lifestyles and then one day we played this movie when he was around hoping he would stick around to watch it. He did watch it and a few weeks later he sat us down and said he had been thinking about something for a long time and the movie helped him feel better about confiding in us. He said he knew he was gay for a few years, but was frightened to say anything, he even considered committing suicide. But we showed him that we would not hate him or think of him as disgusting and that gave him the courage to tell us.
This movie saved our family and our son in particular a lot of pain.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
i thoroughly enjoyed this movie as it made me believe that my decision to come out to my family and friends was the best decision that i ever made...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2005
My name is Chris and I was one of the kids featured in this video 10 years ago. I just want to say after reading some of the reviews of this video I am very glad that I did it. It's very diffucult for me to watch it as I was going through some very difficult things at the time but the fact that others have found the strength to deal thier sexuality through this video makes me vey glad I did it. As an update, my family is very supoortive of me and my boyfriend and things do get better for you. Youjust have to have faith and hang on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
This movie is so great that now i'm living home with my boyfriend, before i didn't see this movie i didn't tell anyone that i was gay but after i saw this movie i thought that i have to make a decidion and ask a guy out to the movies and after that we stick together. Thanks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
I really enjoyed this movie, it gave me a new outlook on life. I never knew how it would be when I came out. It's great, I have found so many gay men that have showed intrest in me since I came out!! I would like to thank this movie for helping me make my decisiom to come out. This has been a great experience for me!..
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