In early March 2012, the hashtag "#tomyunbornchild" became a worldwide trend on Twitter. By and large, these tweets were loving, hopeful messages to the next generation -- but many people saw it as an opportunity to express hate speech towards LGBT children: http://storify.com/homophobes/100-hom...
Reading their bile, the only thing I could think was: how would we feel if we heard actual parents saying this to actual children?
I got the idea on a Thursday. By Sunday, we -- me, my boyfriend, and whatever friends we could find to help us -- had it filmed.
It's easy to dehumanize hate speech online because we've gotten so used to seeing it. We tell ourselves that it's the product of trolls, of random, anonymous strangers.
Except they're not. They're real people. Many of them will be parents. And some of their children will be gay.
But what can we DO about it? I don't think there are any easy answers.
Whenever you believe life begins, I hope we can all agree: life is essential, and rare, and precious. We can't stop anyone from having kids. But we can resolve to stop this toxic cycle. We can wish better for our own children. And we can support the kids who weren't so lucky.
UPDATE 4/18/12: We've added language captions in Spanish and Polish! Huge thanks to Javier Cárdenas and Agnieszka Wąsowska for their generous help. A Hebrew translation may be on the way soon!
Writer/Director: Charlotte Moore
Producers: Brian Lee and Nick Heim
Post-Production: Brian Lee
Grip: Dustin Webb
Music: Roger Lima
Spanish Translation: Javier Cárdenas
Polish Translation: Agnieszka Wąsowska
Special thanks to Rucci Productions and Bright Spot Studio for the use of their space and equipment.