What About Me? , a documentary short, looks at the conflict in Toronto's gay village, sensationalized in the local gay press, between homeless queer youth and the larger gay community. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of Toronto's four thousand plus street youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning and here they are given a voice. Six homeless youth talk candidly about their lives, identities, and experiences in 'the village'. One young man hides his homelessness from other gay men for fear of being ostracized. Others have been victims of verbal or physical violence while squeegeeing or panhandling in Toronto's gay village. The accepting and inclusive nature of the gay community is repeatedly called into question. NOW magazine called What About Me? 'a powerful indictment against classicism in the gay community.'
What About Me? was produced through the Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival's Queer Youth Digital Video Project 2000, and premiered at The Festival on May 24, 2000. It is a first work for both producers/directors.
Original music is courtesy of local duo Skarlett O'Hara.
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