Rainbow Alliance members Nicholas Steepe and Kris Stevens are encouraging Dubbo residents to book to see Gayby Baby. Photo: BELINDA SOOLETHE Dubbo community is being urged to support its Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) members by attending a planned screening of a documentary recently banned in NSW public schools during school hours.
PG-rated Gayby Baby will be shown at Reading Cinemas Dubbo next month if enough people make online bookings.
The Rainbow Alliance, a branch of the not-for-profit Connected Communities Project founded by Dubbo’s Ann-Maree Hartley, has issued an invitation to “anyone and everyone” to see the film that gives a voice to four children growing up with same-sex parents
The Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) calls Gayby Baby “a living, moving portrait of same-sex families that offers a refreshingly honest picture of the value systems that really count in modern life”.
Rainbow Alliance members Kris Stevens and Nicholas Steepe report of a “very moving and quite powerful” film that is educating Australians about rainbow families while touching on issues such as discrimination and bullying.
Gayby Baby has been screened in metropolitan locations in NSW, often to rave reviews.
“We want to bring it out here because rainbow families are everywhere,” Mr Steepe said.
Ms Stevens said regional communities deserved to see the film that she hoped would encourage wider acceptance of “diversity”.
“There are all sorts of different families,” she said.
“To say that same-sex couples can’t raise children, or that they need a mother and a father, is ridiculous.
“How many heterosexual women are raising children on their own?
“It’s all about children being nurtured and loved and supported by adults.”
Gayby Baby was set to be shown in 20 NSW schools in August as part of the annual and national Wear it Purple Day which garners community support and respect for sexuality and gender diverse youth.
But the state government pulled the plug with Education Minister Adrian Piccoli telling school principals not to screen the documentary so as “to not impact on the delivery of planned lessons”.
The Rainbow Alliance reports that it needs 88 bookings at 苏州美甲美睫培训学校tugg苏州美甲美睫培训学校/events/45244 by October 9 to ensure the screening of Gayby Baby at 6.30pm on October 21.
Ms Stevens said bookings needed to include credit card details, but “no money will be taken out of accounts if it doesn’t go ahead”.
On Tuesday morning 33 people had booked to see Gayby Baby in Dubbo with tickets set to cost $20 each.
The Connected Communities Project works to reduce rates of suicide and attempted suicide in rural areas while its Rainbow Alliance alleviates the social isolation of LGBTI people through functions and meetings that seeks to encourage support and respect for sexuality and gender diverse young people.
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