On Monday August 7 at 9 pm EDT, the cable TV network Lifetime will air "The Truth About Jane," a film about a teenaged girl who comes out to herself and to her family as a lesbian. The film, by writer-director Lee Rose, was made with the guidance of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Centering on Jane, a high school student, the film highlights the struggles of gay youth facing intolerant parents. Rose made the film in an attempt to depict a more optimistic view of gay youth given the violence that many GLBT individuals have faced. Without discounting such horrible experiences as that of murdered college student Matthew Shepard, "The Truth About Jane" will show a "tender" relationship between two high school girls, and will outline the struggle of parents to accept their children.
Making the film was not easy, Rose said. Casting was a struggle, as few young actresses would take the risk, or were prevented from accepting the role by fearful parents. Jane is played by 18-year-old Ellen Muth; her parents are played by Stockard Channing and James Naughton. Jane's love-interest is played by 23-year-old Alicia Lagano. Finding a school to shoot the film was also difficult, as countless Phoenix area public schools refused. Caesar Chavez High School eventually welcomed the cast and crew.
Media Resources: Associated Press Arts & Leisure - August 4, 2000
7/23/2014 Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches - Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot.
The No on 67 campaign opposes Amendment 67, otherwise known as the Brady Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the definition of "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and Wrongful Death act to include "unborn human beings." A similar initiative was on the ballot in 2008 and 2010, but it was defeated both times by a wide margin.
If passed, the amendment would have extreme repercussions, banning abortion in all cases, emergency contraception and birth control, and possibly in-vitro fertilization. . . .