In honor of Pride month in June, check out this new short film and ELA teaching resource exploring homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando two years ago.
June 18, 2018
Love the Sinner is a personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Queer filmmaker, Jessica Devaney, grew up deeply immersed in Evangelical Christianity in Florida. After breaking with her youth as a nationally recognized activist and leader among conservative Evangelicals, Jessica left Florida and didn’t look back. She built a life that took her as far away from home as possible. Over time, her daily life became a progressive echo chamber. The mass shooting at Pulse was a wake up call. By avoiding hard conversations with Church leadership, had she missed opportunities to challenge homophobia? Love the Sinner probes our responsibility to face bias in our communities and push for dignity and equality for all.
Introduction to this Guide:
This guide features materials that accompany the short film Love The Sinner. They include a discussion guide and three lesson plan modules that can be used by educators as classroom curriculum and student groups in club and classroom settings. The lesson plan modules are written in alignment with the Common Core standards for English Language Arts classes. The discussion guide and materials were developed for grades 7-12, but, can be modified to suit all age levels, including university.
Love The Sinner can serve as an opportunity for education and engagement around the role of homophobia in violence against LGBTQ people and how change can start at the individual level. The film provides a unique forum for discussing these difficult topics and these materials provide a chance to connect real-time with others who are concerned about these issues.
The curriculum included in this guide is designed to practice empathy by enabling students to engage with the broad range of perspectives in the film. From key terms to resources, you should have everything you need in this guide to make the most of the film.
DISCUSSION GUIDE & LESSON PLANS: