What does it take to stand up for your child? Across America, there are over 32,000 mothers, mostly from conservative, Christian backgrounds, who fully accept and battle for the rights of LGBTQ+ children. They are called “mama bears,” because while their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight ferociously to make the world kinder and safer for the entire queer community. Many have grown up as fundamentalist, evangelical Christians, but these mama bears are willing to risk losing friends, family and faith communities to keep their offspring safe — even if it challenges their belief systems and rips their worlds apart.
- Daresha Kyi
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THIRD WORLD NEWSREEL
Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, preservation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.
It supports innovative work of diverse forms and genres made by artists who are intimately connected to their subjects through common bonds of ethnic/cultural heritage, class position, gender, sexual orientation and political identification. TWN promotes the self-representation of traditionally marginalized groups as well as the negotiated representation of those groups by artists who work in solidarity with them.
Ultimately, whether documentary, experimental, narrative, traditional or non-traditional, the importance of the media promoted by the organization is its ability to effect social change, to encourage people to think critically about their lives and the lives of others, and to propel people into action.