"LGBT Youth in Chicago," a documentary created by Chicago Public Schools students working with Free Spirit Media and in partnership with the Pulitzer Center has been chosen as an Official Student Selection of the 2011 Peace on Earth Film Festival. The documentary was created during a six-week summer program run by Free Spirit Media in Chicago. With guidance from Pulitzer Center grantee, Lisa Biagiotti, who has reported extensively on homophobia in Jamaica, the team of students who developed the film sought the opinion of community members, parents, and students regarding homophobia within the Chicago Public Schools and the homes of CPS students. The video explores how many LGBTQ students are afraid to expose their sexual orientation because they believe their parents and schools cannot, or will not, accept them.
The 2011 Peace on Earth Film Festival is scheduled for the week of February 25-27 at the Chicago Cultural Center.