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Same Difference seeks help

same difference filmA documentary that explores the affects of bullying on young gay people, and the roles that schools play in preventing such bullying, is currently in its post-production stages and is seeking help with funding. Same Difference looks at the lives of two adolescents who identified as gay from a young age.

Graeme Taylor [pictured], now 18 and off to college, grows up and goes to school in a supporting environment that allows him to thrive. In contrast, Justin Aaberg (1995-2010) grows up and goes to a school filled with intolerance. Justin was just one of nine teenagers that took their lives while attending the Anoka-Hennepin School District between 2009-2011. This resulted in state health officials declaring the school district a 'suicide contagion', leading to a department of justice investigation. The role the school played in these deaths is explored through Jefferson Fietek, the only openly gay teacher in the district at the time.

"Our film presents the issue in an entirely new way with an incredible look into the lives of two LGBT kids growing up," said film producer and cinematographer Kyle Wentzel. "Through home video and interviews we detail their childhood, coming out and subsequent results. The stories contrast in a clear way that highlights how communities and schools play a role in growing up LGBT."

The producers are currently seeking to raise $135,000 to finish post-production requirements. More information about the fundraising campaign can be found at: http://igg.me/at/samedifference

Watch the trailer below or check out the official website at www.samedifferencefilm.com

Posted: 18 July 2014

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