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In A Heartbeat:
Touching Animation About Finding Love As A Queer Youth

by RAYMOND HELKIO

Accompanied by a musical score fit for a Hollywood blockbuster, In A Heartbeat is a short animated film about two closeted high school boys who struggle to fall in love amidst the disapproval of classmates and teachers. It's short, sweet, charming and as heart warming as it is touching.

The storyline is a wonderful life-lesson for gay kids and it doesn't shy away from the inherent homophobia that still permeates schools today, but it does so in a subtle, yet profound moments throughout the film. Teaching our young kids that's it's okay to be LGBTQ is only part of the battle because in order for queer kids to feel safe, we have to acknowledge what it is they need to feel safe from. By presenting gay attraction as something positive while acknowledging the struggles that most kids will still have to face. In an era of 'It Gets Better' it's refreshing to see stories that reflect the full experience of coming to terms with who were are, the good and the ugly.


Whether you are a child or an adult if you're looking to feel great about love, spend four minutes watching this film, you'll be moved.

 

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