Out in the open

23rd February 2007 at 00:00
Two documentaries highlighting the experiences of gay teenagers are due to be broadcast on Channel 4.

My Big Gay Prom follows a group as they attempt to run the UK's first San Francisco-style gay prom party for under-18s. One girl, Sam, said most headteachers seemed reluctant to publicise local gay youth societies and events. Her friend Zak was banned from bringing his partner to an end-of-year party.

They clubbed together with three friends to organise the event to give gay teenagers the right to dance, flirt and snog without being stared at.

The team were mentored by entrepreneur Ivan Massow, who said: "I want them to be role models. To show other kids struggling with their sexuality that it's okay."

Another programme, Coming Out in Class, examines the experiences of gay pupils at school. It is presented by the country's first openly gay rapper, QBoy.

My Big Gay Prom is broadcast on Monday and Tuesday at 9.30am, Coming Out in Class on Tuesday at 10.30am. Photograph: Channel 4

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now