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Eleventh Annual Collection
It’s Their Life: LGBT Teens in Chicago
Producer: Free Spirit Media
ABOUT THE FILM
LGBT TEENS IN CHICAGO was created by five youth working with Free Spirit Media in partnership with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Free Spirit Media is a non-profit organization that provides access and opportunity in media production to under-served urban youth through hands-on in school and after-school educational programs. The youth filmmakers wanted to explore the topic of homosexuality in high schools in Chicago, exposing various youth perspectives and seeking to promote understanding and respect. At the beginning of the filming process, these youth filmmakers were not aware of the daily harassment LGBT youth in Chicago face. Throughout the process of creating this documentary, the youth filmmakers experienced a transformation; they were not only revealing these injustices to their audience but they were becoming fully aware for themselves of the harsh reality many LGBT youth experience.