ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The state’s Children Youth and Families Department released a new video aimed at helping young people in the lesbian, gay, and transgender communities; it premiers for the first time Tuesday night.
The department said the video was created in response to people, who work with the youth, who said they wanted to learn more about ways they can help support these students.
The training video, “I Am Me,” is 42 minutes. The video includes young people who are part of the LGBTQ community in New Mexico. They share their stories of struggle and share how they feel they need to be supported by people in the community. The main theme throughout the video is “adult allyship.”
“The message is exemplifying adult allyship and young people telling adults, ‘Here is how I need you to support me,’ but it’s still a great tool for young people to watch as well,” Jenn Jeverston said.
Jeverston directed the video. She’s also the CEO of Prevention at Play. Now, she says school districts are starting to take notice.
“Just as we’re starting to launch a lot of schools are saying, ‘Come here, come here, come here,'” she said. “We’ve heard interest from Albuquerque Public Schools, Santa Fe, Farmington and some schools down in Roswell.”
CYFD said its goal was to create a video was is free and accessible to everyone.
“This is just one tool,” Jevertson said. “If someone wants to show it at their workplace, school, or place of faith they can just download the screening kit and show it.”
Jeverston is referring to the 36-page LGBTQ resource guide and screening toolkit. The toolkit goes over the video and things organizers will need for a screening of the video. Jeverston also said they encourage people to pass out reflection handouts at the end of the video and even hold large group discussions.
“From the very beginning, this was about, lets meet the needs of these providers but let’s do it in such a way that it impacts everyone like schools, teachers, administrators, councilors, nurses,” Jevertson said.
Some people who spoke with KRQE News 13 said although the video is intended for adults they think everyone, including students, would benefit.
“Knowledge is power and there are so many misconceptions and ideas out there,” Rosemary Anslow said. “There may be some issues if schools show it, like people from certain religious backgrounds will be against it and some parents who think it’s none of the school’s business to do it.”
Some parents said they wouldn’t mind their child’s school showing the video, but it all depends the age of the student who will be watch it.
“They need to find the right age group,” Tymn Waters said. “You don’t talk about puberty to first graders, you talk about it when it starts to hit them.”
For now, CYFD said it’s up to school districts and any other organization to choose to show.
The premier of the video was tonight in Las Cruces at the Rio Grande Theater.
The nearly $50,000 video is part of the state’s Communities of Care project. According to CYFD the video was funded by federal grant money.