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Acceptance and Pride

“If we return to the innocence we had before they taught us to hate, wouldn’t the world be a better place.”

Part One:
A Return To Innocence

A one man, one act play: a nine year old boy’s innocence prior to the voices of homophobia and prejudice is the ultimate goal for contentment. “JFK is dead! People everywhere are crying. The world is crying! Everybody is sad! Doesn’t that make us the same?” Many characters with costumes and accents show the struggle for acceptance of a gay man from 1963 to recent violence to and from high school students. Change and acceptance is shown but also continued intolerance. This, based on true story, with the realistic voices of both homophobia and change, captures students and displays the reality of gay life and how hate leads to violence.

Part Two:
Three of a Kind

Eight characters portrayed by four actors clearly show how homophobia and intolerance lead to violence. In a world where being gay is more accepted is homophobia lethal? This is based on a true incident that occurred in a Bronx high school last year. A school is torn apart by the violent rivalry of two gangs separated by their sexual preference. Each struggles for self acceptance and understanding. A Spark counselor attempts to find “commonality” but swirling anger hides humanity. Students see how hate leads to violence – how gay and straight students resort to violence when hate exists. Kyle, a likable gay student who does not want to fight, has a secret; he is homeless. His father, in a fit of anger, hit him and threw him out of the house. Will he fight? Vicki is a beautiful girl in love with Will, who regards her as less than human, physically and emotionally abusing her. What does she finally do? Kristin will not tolerate hate and will stand up for herself - even though she is in loving accepting relationship. Mitch, white, identifies stronger with the black community and follows Will’s rules. Harold wants to be a woman but fears the outcome!

Part Three:
Questions and Answers

Students may ask any question in this guided workshop. And the topics broached are work shopped: homophobia, racial acceptance, domestic violence, parental abuse and just curiosity about the subject matter is explored. Homophobia is also identified. Students discomfort with subject is mildly approached. Amazingly students do open up and ask the most interesting questions.

 




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