In three video shorts, we learn about the history of “inversion” in the LGBT liberation movement; how older LGBT people can mentor youth, and how Fred’s mother Pauline Mitchell has mobilized to help other kids like Fred.
The Changing Ones
The world struggles for an understanding of what the terms “gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender” mean. But Native American beliefs about the spectrum of the masculine and feminine also connect with a gender-bending tradition from the Middle Ages in Europe.
Author, photographer, and activist Mark Thompson describes his experience being mentored as a youth by a gay couple who set a positive example of how to live a creative and healthy life. This kind of mentoring is very important to help young people like Fred grow up and be all that they possibly can be.
Kids Like Fred
Activist Cathy Renna describes “overkill,” the inordinate level of violence which is common in hate crimes, as Fred’s mother Paula copes with the desecration of Fred’s grave and murder site by vandals and tries to keep kids like Fred safe.