The Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which helps students on high and middle school campuses form Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs to provide â€œa safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation, and work to end homophobia,â€ has partnered with the ACLU, Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center to promote a movie dealing with â€œgayâ€ youth issues.
â€œWanna be an extra in this film?â€ asked the July â€œGSA Network News.â€ Extras were needed, announced the â€œNewsâ€ for the film, Tru Loved, portions of which were being shot at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills from July 12-14. High school-aged students were asked to come dressed â€œin typical high school student clothing,â€ and a special plea was made for football players â€œdressed in workout outfits.â€
â€œDon’t miss this amazing opportunity to be part of a film that will help tell the GSA story!â€ said the â€œNews.â€
The â€œGSA storyâ€ in the film is the story of 16-year old Tru, who â€œis uprooted by her lesbian moms from her comfortable gay-friendly home in San Francisco and moved to a conservative, suburban community in Southern California,â€ says the movieâ€™s web site. â€œTruâ€™s only friend is a closeted football player, and even that friendship is jeopardized when she starts the schoolâ€™s first Gay-Straight Alliance.â€
But thereâ€™s more. According to the web site, AfterElton.com, the filmâ€™s â€œas-yet bare-bones website promises a â€˜gay wedding at the climax of the film,â€™ lots of hot football players, â€˜sexy lesbian moms who bust all the stereotypes, and a terrific, all-star cast of richly drawn characters.â€™â€ A visit to the Tru Love web site revealed none of these things â€“ but it provided a link to the AfterElton story.
The film, however, will not have any sexual scenes, its writer and director Stewart Wade told the June 27 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin â€“ except a â€œkind of a sad farewell kissâ€ between two men. Yet, Claremont High School in June refused to grant a permit to allow filming of the movie on its campus, citing scheduling problems and legal concerns that the school district could be liable if a student gets hurt or is involved â€œin inappropriate activities (e.g., alcohol, drugs, sexual conduct), etc.” Some Claremont community members, however, suggested that these were not the real motives behind denying the permit.
The filmâ€™s â€œall-star castâ€ includes The 40-Year Old Virgin co-star Jane Lynch, who will play Truâ€™s lesbian teacher, and openly homosexual comedian Bruce Vilanch. Director Stewart Wade directed Film and Music Entertainmentâ€™s homosexual-themed film, Coffee Date, about a man â€œwho has a problem … heâ€™s straight.â€
Filming of Tru Loved was scheduled to finish Aug. 2.