It’s Elementary (1996) was the first film of its kind to address anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with kids about gay people. Hailed as "a model of intelligent directing," It’s Elementary showed that children are eager and able to wrestle with stereotypes and absorb new facts about what it means to be gay or lesbian.
Since it aired on more than 100 public television stations in 1999, It’s Elementary has fueled a growing movement of educators and parents—gay and straight alike—who are committed to preventing pervasive homophobia and anti-gay violence.
It’s STILL Elementary (2007) looks at the incredible impact that It’s Elementary has had over the last decade, follows up with some of the teachers and students featured in the first film and asks them how lessons about LGBT people changed their lives. A moving story about the power of documentary film and grassroots organizing.
"As a professor of education, I am always on the look out for new resources that help my student teachers address issues of prejudice. Featuring real students and unique stories, It’s STILL Elementary is a thrilling reminder of why we cannot overlook anti-LGBT bias in those efforts."
—Celia Oyler, director, Elementary Inclusive Education Program, Columbia University
"A powerful call to action to stop ignoring anti-gay slurs, and work for more welcoming and inclusive classrooms. Nobody can watch this movie and walk away without feeling that they too have a role to play in creating a climate that respects and protects all youth."
—Rhonda Thomason, Teaching Tolerance
"Shows us that our children, our teachers and our families can truly lead us up the path to acceptance, understanding, compassion and peace."
—Dr. Irvin Howard, past-president, California League of Middle Schools; National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Board of Directors