In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents

2005 | Documentary / Human Rights / Marriage Equality / Mental Health / Parenting/Family / Social Issues / Youth (18 & Under) | 31m | USA
Directors: Jen Gilomen, COLAGE

With LGBTQ families actively debated and attacked in the media, courts, and Congress—from school houses to state houses across the country—five youth with queer parents participated in this short 2005 documentary, created by COLAGE, the non-profit organization for people with LGBTQ parents. In this short documentary, viewers have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of these youth, and hear their views on marriage, making change, and what it means to be a family. This film was produced by the COLAGE Youth Leadership and Action Program and directed by Jen Gilomen.

Reviews and Awards

Audience Award for Best Short, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival

“A jam-packed half hour, this is the ideal length to show in a classroom or diversity training and still have time for discussion. This project is an especially welcome addition for educators looking for resources that reflect cultural diversity and interracial families within LGBT families.” —Abigail Garner, Author of “Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is” “

In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents is a succinct yet thoughtful documentary that discusses gay marriage and family from the children's point of view. Controversy and potential legislation about gay marriage do not just involve the life partners themselves, rather it affects and concerns the entire family. The film involves multiple families, some with two fathers and others with two mothers in the home. What is exceptional about the documentary is that it reflects the gamut of the different types of families that exist in all of society, not just in the LGBT community. Shoes features families of numerous ethnic backgrounds, interracial families, families with biological children and families with adopted children.

Shoes is an interesting film and will surely inspire discussion no matter the viewer’s political or religious persuasions, or opinions on these issues. The documentary may not change their minds or opinions about gay marriage or parenting, but it does allow viewers to see the perspectives of others, and to see that at the very least this is a family issue. Viewers will also see how open minded and mature children can be when faced with such situations … This documentary can be utilized within a variety of different subject areas, including social studies, civics and religion. In My Shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents is recommended, and is best suited for school libraries and media centers.” —Nicole Cooke, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Educational Media Reviews Online