School Fag

Richard Fung and Tim McCaskell

1998, 16:35 minutes, colour, English


Much has been said about the trauma of coming out as a gay man or lesbian. Shawn Fowler never had that problem — everyone always knew. In School Fag, 19-year-old Shawn recounts his life as "a queeny little faggot" growing up in a "white bread" Toronto suburb. Shawn is a natural stand up comic, and his stories are alternately hilarious, biting and poignant. From his early yearnings to play Wonder Woman in preschool neighborhood games, to losing the much publicized prom competition at his high school, Shawn offers a fresh account of homophobia and resistance. His tales include victimization by persistent name calling and administrative indifference to a vandalized locker. However, Shawn also describes the joys of discovering Lesbian Gay Bisexual Youth of Toronto (LGYT) and the salvation of the Toronto Board of Education's Triangle Program for queer high school students.

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