Tmonth we pivot our arts focus to the budding creative talents of our grantee partner’s Little SMYALs, a group of LGBTQ youth ages 6-12. At Little SMYALs programs, kids not only play games and read books but engage in arts activities that express the beauty they see in their daily lives. It’s a time to explore in a safe place and celebrate being wonderfully, uniquely themselves!
Our October film selection is a SMYAL staff pick: “Heartbreak High,” a Netflix reboot of the 1990s Australian teen TV series, is a defiantly progressive and unmistakably coming-of-age story about awkward teenagers embroiled in a sexy scandal. The show is receiving rave reviews for its full breadth of identities and different life experiences, including the role of an autistic, queer woman played by TikTok star Chloe Hayden.
And don’t miss this phenomenal music duo from the DMV—SNZ, a music project of SMYAL participant Zay and his friend Sean. Their recently released EP, “Hummin’ Onna Come Up,” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube. Take a listen!
Consistent with JusticeAid’s mission to promote justice through the arts, and in keeping with our 2022 focus on LGBTQ civil rights, throughout the year we will feature films, artworks, songs, and books that address important issues to the LGBTQ community. We hope they offer inspiration, deepen our collective understanding, and prompt candid conversations with family and friends.
We welcome your reactions and suggestions and look forward to taking this journey with you throughout 2022 as we strive to forge greater empathy and deeper commitment to providing access to justice and protections for the civil rights of all persons.