CHICAGO - Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which gets over $100,000 a year from Illinois taxpayers, hosted a debut screening of the movie Geography Club Friday night to 60 Gay-Straight Alliance students and advisors from the greater Chicago-area.
The motion picture is based on a bestselling teen novel by Brent Hartinger. The film, featuring several teenage favorites, is about students at the fictitious Goodkind High School that formed a secret club for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, other gender identities to talk openly about their identities and deal with bullying.
The goals of the Alliance are: 1) Public education: To educate and involve schools, community organizations, parents, public officials, youth and the general public in Illinois, regarding sexual orientation and gender identity issues and the needs of LGBTQ youth in schools; 2) Youth Organizing: To engage youth across the state of Illinois to become leaders in the LGBTQ safe schools movement and be agents of change in their own schools and communities; 3) Policy Advocacy: To conduct advocacy activities that will result in the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity issues in the programs and policies that support the safety and well-being of youth.
The Chicago screening was organized by Gay-Straight Alliance Network Coordinator Lawrence Carter, Chicago Phoenix reports. The movie will also be shown at Your Normal LGBT Film Festival in Bloomington-Normal on Oct. 19, Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on Oct. 25, and Parkland Theater in Champaign on Nov. 2. The events are open to the public.