Magazine article New Internationalist

Fairy Tales for LGBTQ Awareness

Magazine article New Internationalist

Fairy Tales for LGBTQ Awareness

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Homophobia is a critical issu·. And film is a moving medium. So when the two are combined, powerful things are bound to happen - at least that's what the Fairy Tales Presentation Society believes. Since 1999, the not-for-profit organization has used film to spark discussions about issues In the LGBTQ community through its annual film festival. But recently, the Calgary-based organization realized that it was important keep the dialogue going even after the film festival.

'It was a community need,' says Outreach Coordinator Melody Jacobson. There was still a hunger to see films - and a need to discuss LGBTQ topics with youth in the community. That's when 'Outreels' was born. Addressing themes like bullying, belonging, and homosexuality and the Bible, Outreels brings films to youth groups, community centres and schools to spark discussion on these often-overlooked topics.

'Being able to show a film creates a nice, safe space,' notes Jacobson. …

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