Video

Conversation Piece

Julia Meltzer

1999, 21:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 303.02

Once a week from January to April 1996, queer youth affiliated with Unity House/The Safety Zone in Tory, New York and BENT TV of The Hetrick Martin Institute in New York City, exchanged video letters with each other. The topics discussed ranged from Polly's coming out to Mari's latest tattoo, to Terry's recovery from an abusive relationship. What emerges from these conversations is an upfront look at how youth in the 90s are speaking about sex, sexual identity politics, family and community.

BENT TV is a monthly half hour cable show produced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth from The Hetrick Martin Institute and funded by a grant from the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
Unity House is a community organization in Troy, New York. One project of Unity House is The Safety Zone, a drop in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who live in and around the Capital area district of New York.

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