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Documentary Takes Aim At LGBT Prejudice, HIV/AIDS Awareness In American Heartland: VIDEO


"Broken Heart Land," a new documentary airing this month on World Channel's program American ReFramed, invests in an in-depth look at one teen's story in order to shed light on LGBT prejudice and a lack of awareness of HIV/AIDS in middle America. Focused on Oklahoman teenager Zack Harrington, who took his life in 2010, "one week after attending a local city council meeting in support of a proposal for LGBT History Month," the documentary seems to be an emotional and intimate look at the way tragedies deeply impact the communities in which they occur.

HuffPost reports:

"Even though we live in a slightly more progressive world where gay rights issues and HIV/AIDS education have made notable strides in many large cities, Zack's tragic story is representative of hundreds of young gay teens all over Bible Belt, conservative small towns across America who are still wrestling with feelings of shame," [directors] Jeremy and Randy Stulberg said in a statement. "We hope that through the film we will be able to start a dialogue across the country in the same way that the Harringtons have done in Norman, Oklahoma and hopefully prevent future suicides from teens in smaller towns who may feel hopeless."

You can watch the documentary on World Channel when it airs on June 24th, or catch its world premiere at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco, June 21st.

For now, check out the highly emotional trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Thanks for the heads up. It's sad when you see someone so conflicted and damaged by those around them.

    Suggested edit: "Anti-LGBT prejudice"

    Posted by: DavidR | May 14, 2014 6:54:01 PM

  2. "Invalid meta for Vimeo"

    Posted by: rolf | May 14, 2014 7:22:30 PM

  3. How we neglect the "heartland." Huff Post exists in one of Arianna's famous naps. She is a million miles away--and her readers heads are hopelessly too far up their Lib asses -- smug and clueless, about the true consequences of her endorsements. Now witness what happened to this unfortunate... Nothing like a good tragic documentary to prove a point. An editor's dream. Let the "dialogue"
    save them all!!

    Posted by: Arrow | May 14, 2014 11:40:07 PM

  4. I guess we can call this "issue hijacking", where the political agenda trumps the actual facts. Teens don't kill themselves because they are "upset". Severe depression is a mental illness that has few outward symptoms and not many treatments at this point (though diet and exercise seem to work as well as the medications currently available). If you want to find out more about the problems of teen mental illness, you can volunteer at one of the many suicide prevention counseling centers or prevention hotlines. The training you get will be medical, not political.

    Posted by: anon | May 15, 2014 10:08:18 AM

  5. Please don't attempt to "play doctor" with this subject.

    Posted by: Arrow | May 15, 2014 10:58:55 AM

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