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Remembering a Cool September

A film about civil rights on and since 9/11/2001

 

Evangelist Jerry Falwell infamously blamed the terrorist attacks on, among others, feminists and gay people. For LGBT persons in particular and on human rights in general, how far has the U.S. come in the years since? To where do we still need to go?

What should we remember about September 11th? What lasting lessons about inclusion and marginalization does 9/11 teach?

 
 
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Discussion Questions for Classes and Community Groups:

  1. What do you believe to be the film's central message?
  2. In terms of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered] civil rights, what did you learn? Did anything about public policy from 2001 to 2012 surprise you? Explain. In your mind, what changes in legal/public policy still need to be made? What might you do to help enact those changes?
  3. The maker of this film, Lisa Tillmann, is a heterosexually-identified woman with a conventionally-feminine gender presentation. How might this affect how viewers hear her message? What roles can heterosexual and conventionally-gendered allies play in the struggle for LGBT civil rights? How might allies work effectively and in solidarity with members of LGBT communities?
  4. How does the maker of this film connect the struggle for LGBT civil rights to larger struggles for human rights? Why might it be important to make this connection?
  5. How did the filmmaker’s friendship with Tim and Rob shape how she views LGBT civil rights? In your own life, how has having a friendship with someone different than yourself shaped how you saw that person and the struggles particular to people who hold that identity?
  6. Does your school's, workplace’s, city's, county's, and/or state's non-discrimination/equal opportunity policy include sexual orientation? Gender identity and expression? If it does/they do, find out when these protections were added. If it does not/they do not, do you believe it/they should? If so, what might you and others do to effect this change?
  7. Does your school or workplace offer domestic partner benefits to same- and/or different-sexed couples? If it does, find out when these benefits were added. If it does not, do you believe it should? If so, what might you and others do to effect this change?