Yesterday the LGBT Community Center in Chelsea played host to a screening of the new PBS documentary Anyone and Everyone. Spotlighting a range of families from all walks of life and documenting the candid, and touching reactions and struggles to their children's coming-out and living an openly gay lifestyle.
Acclaimed filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz spoke of the movie as being a labor of love she knew she had to make once her own son came out to her husband and her. Polis said her son's visible difficulty coming to terms with his sexuality in the world made her realize that she had to make this film for other families going through the same thing.
The night was moving with bittersweet stories of teenagers kicked out of their homes for being gay, and families fighting to make sure their children felt loved and not ostracized for being different. One mother said she would never understand how a parent could stop loving her child because of the way he fell in love.
Anyone and Everyone will air Monday June 16th on PBS 13 as part of the channel's OUT festival of documentaries and programs celebrating PRIDE month.