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America's Most Unwanted: a film about LGBTQ foster youth..SF Premiere!
Date Thursday May 17
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Screening in the Rainbow Room at the San Francisco LGBTQ Community Center, 1800 Market St, SF CA 94103
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorShani Heckman
AMERICA'S MOST UNWANTED, from award-winning filmmaker Shani Heckman, reveals untold stories of homophobia in the foster care system in the country’s most gay-friendly state: California. California is also one of the first states to pass the Foster Care Achievement Act and A.B.12, which will allow foster youth access to care until age 21. For decades, policy changes have been making life better for foster youth, but as bullying campaigns across the country have shown, life needs to be improved for LGBT youth at all levels.

LGBTQ foster youth are often kicked out of their homes for identifying as LGBTQ and then enter state-sanctioned homes that treat them even worse: “75% of LGBTQI foster youth in state care had experienced physical abuse, 66% preferred to live on the streets”

A panel discussion following the screening will enable participants to interact directly with foster youth and their supporters. Local organizations, Family Builders & Larkin Street Youth Center, will be on hand to provide LGBT adoption information.

sponsored by El Rio, Bay Area Training Academy and the Queer Cultural Center's Healthy Communities Commission

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Added to the calendar on Tuesday Apr 3rd, 2012 3:28 PM

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