‘This Is What Love In Action Looks Like’ Follows Story of Teenager Sent to Fundamentalist Christian Reform Program

‘This Is What Love In Action Looks Like’ Follows Story of Teenager Sent to Fundamentalist Christian Reform Program

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TLA Releasing announced today that it will release the documentary This Is What Love In Action Looks Like on DVD May 8, 2012 for the suggested retail price of $17.99. 

Following the true story of a teenage boy sent to a reform camp for being gay, This Is What Love In Action Looks Like documents the widely controversial and inspirational story of what The New York Times referred to as “A modern day message in a bottle.”
 
In the summer of 2005, Zach, a 16-year-old boy from Memphis, TN wrote on his MySpace blog that he had told his parents that he was gay. Within days, his mother and father would send him to Love In Action, a fundamentalist Christian program that offered “freedom from homosexuality.”

The depressed and fearful teenager shared his feelings on his blog, which quickly spread from his friends to the local community as well as gaining national attention and sparking protests outside the organization’s doors.
 
About TLA Releasing:
Founded in 1981, TLA Entertainment launched its Releasing division in 2000 through the TLA Releasing and Danger After Dark labels which established the division as a pioneer in alternative cinema, specializing in international films, LGBT, horror and cult movies. The successful and wide-ranging catalog of nearly 200 films and TV series includes Latter Days, Another Gay Movie, From Beginning To End, Boy Culture and Shank. 2012 will see the release of titles including award-winning drama Beauty and the romantic comedy eCupid, from the director of 2010’s gay hit Is It Just Me?

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  1. One thing all these comments show is that coimng out is a quite variable experience. It does depend a lot on the person, the situation and the others to whom he comes out.Many have a good experience and receive affirmation and support. Some have a very bad experience. Recent research shows that 50% of Americans aged 18 and over agree that Homosexuality should be accepted by society. Acceptance does vary by age or generation. Among those 18-29, almost one-third (63%) agree with the statement. There is less support among older generations: 30-49, 51%; those 50-64, 48%; those 65+, 35%. I think it’s pretty good that just over one-third of OLD people accept the legitimacy of homosexuality.One of the more surprising findings for some people is that among traditional Christian groups, Catholics are the most accepting of the idea that homosexuality should be accepted by society. Over half (58%) of all Catholics and a whopping 72% of young Catholics accept the idea of the legitimacy of homosexuality. For other Christian groups the respective percentages are: Mainline White Protestants: 56%, 69%. For Black Protestants: 39%, 51%. for Evangelical Christians: 26%, 39%. Besides Catholic acceptance two other noteworthy findings: Young Blacks are much more accepting than their older generations, and, even Evangelical youth are increasingly more tolerant/accepting of homosexuality.These results show that young people have a much better climate in which to come out. Yea!!!But I’m still concerned about those in junior high and high school. So many (not just gays) are confused about a lot of things, not just sexual orientation or behavior. These years can be very difficult. There are all kinds of competitions during junior hi and high school.I have worked diligently for anti-bullying laws: the Matthew Shepherd Law at the Federal level and a new, expanded anti-bulling law here in NC,because of severe bullying og gays or those other kids perceive as being gay. Along with other minorities gays are frequently harassed, bullied, or beaten up just because they are gay. Some are driven to suicide.These young people should stand tall about their orientation. But they, more so than college students and other adult gays, must be circumspect about the decisions they make and the public ramifications of their decisions to come out.They, more than adults, require and deserve greater support and love. I long for the day, and will work tirelessly, that whenever we come out as gay, it will truly be no more exceptional than announcing that we are left-handed.BTW, I AM left-handed and you might be surprised that southpaws are teased, made fun of and must fit into a right-handed world.

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