Film: Out in the Silence
The film, by Joe Wilson, documents his story of announcing his same sex marriage in his childhood town’s newspaper. The backlash it causes and ultimately the letter from a mother whose son ‘came out of the closet’ in the same town results in Mr. Wilson’s return to Oil Town to document the trials and tribulations of discrimination.
I cannot stand ignorance; to me narrow mindedness is a sign of ignorance. I believe that everyone should have the right to live as they want to live as long as they are respectful of others. We teach our children that sometimes women marry women and sometimes men marry men. It would never occur to me to analyze this in terms of good or bad; right or wrong- it is what it is.
What I took away from this film is the way a small group of narrow minded people can definitively cause so much pain. In the case of this film a small group of American Family Association member fought to keep discrimination guideline training and resources from educators.
At 55 minutes long I would recommend seeing Out in the Silence, if your library has a copy. This film could certainly spark some interesting discussion.