Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

An Activist Is Born: It's Church and State against One Teenage Girl in This Documentary about a Student Who Questions the Antigay Ways of Her Texas Town

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

An Activist Is Born: It's Church and State against One Teenage Girl in This Documentary about a Student Who Questions the Antigay Ways of Her Texas Town

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The Education of Shelby Knox * Produced and directed by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt * P.O.V. on PBS * June 21, 10 P.M. (check local listings)

You may not see at first what you have in common with the brash, idealistic Texan teen at the center of the documentary feature The Education of Shelby Knox. You'll change your mind. Set to air on PBS's P.O.V. on June 21, the film traces Shelby's evolution as a nascent activist during her high school years in Lubbock, where "conservative" doesn't begin to describe the brand of fundamentalist Christian hyperdogma on display.

Filmmakers Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt introduce Shelby as a typical well-brought-up young lady who's more or less oblivious to the hypocritical mores of her hometown--where abstinence-only sex education in school and exhortations in church against premarital sex have failed to forestall rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among the state's highest. …

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