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A movie for a cause

GSA shows the PG-13 film “Scary Normal”


Despite the various campus and community events that took place on Tuesday Oct. 22, the Gay Straight Alliance’s (GSA) showing of the independent coming of age film “Scary Normal” managed to attract 20 people to the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre.

The movie was inspired in fall of 2004 when writer/director Jennifer Bechtel was struck with the thought that most films centralized around homosexuality were rated R.   

According to scarynormalmovie.com, the idea to create a PG-13 movie about a young girl who befriends a fellow student who happens to be gay seemed to the director like a great way to raise awareness of the gay community, since most teens and pre-teens have limited or no access to rated R films.

The movie’s rating played a huge role in GSA President Amber Lee’s selection for the film showing. “It’s a PG-13 movie that was inspired through a GSA. That was really interesting to me so that’s why I chose it,” Lee said.

Tickets for Scary Normal were sold at $3 a person or 2 for $5. The GSA raised $32 which will go towards a trip to Kansas City for the annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference.

“One of the purposes of the conference is to reaffirm the identity of people living in the LGBTQ community and give people that chance to see ourselves in numbers and have that confidence rebuilt,” Lee said. “Oftentimes in our everyday lives we find ourselves alone and don’t have a place where we can just be ourselves and be praised for it.”

A handful of the visitors who came to see the movie and support the GSA were members of the PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) group in Sarnia Ontario. “I enjoyed the movie very much” Said PFLAG member Norm Galliford. “We like to support GSA groups in both Canada and Port Huron, so it was a pleasure to be able to come here tonight.”

Lee plans to hold another showing of “Scary Normal” in the future, to give those who couldn’t make it to the first a chance to see it, and to raise more money for the trip to Kansas City.

Any students are interested in learning more about the GSA are invited to attend the GSA meetings, which are held bi-weekly in the North Building, Room 201, from 12:15-1 p.m. The next meeting will be held Nov. 11.

For more information on SC4’s GSA, contact Amber Lee at sc4gsa@gmail.com or by phone at 810-887-1419.


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Angie Stoecklin

Staff Writer