PUBLISHED14 Mar 2019

Gayby Baby

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

YOUTH & EDUCATION

An intimate and sometimes humorous account from kids being raised by same-sex couples.

Synopsis

Kids being raised by same-sex couples are growing in numbers worldwide. We are in a Gayby-Boom. But who are these kids? What do they think about having same-sex parents? And do they face different issues to other kids? During the global marriage equality movement, these questions have become more pertinent than ever. Told from the perspective of the kids, Gayby Baby is an intimate and sometimes humorous account of four children and their families.

Director Maya Newell
Producer Charlotte McLellan
Year 2015
Duration 85-minute feature
Rating PG- Mild themes and coarse language

 

Where to Watch

Education Overview

Australia’s first comprehensive education resource to represent same-sex parented families. The Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit is a PDHPE (Y5–10) resource that explores family diversity in a fun & insightful way, using stories drawn from GAYBY BABY. Beyond the classroom, it provides staff with strategies to make their school community a safe & inclusive space for all students & their families. It includes:

• Activities & strategies that support teachers, administrators & students to recognise, explore & celebrate the diversity of Australian families.

• Clear, fun and engaging activities, worksheets and lesson plans.

• Bright ideas for teachers wishing to extend their classroom experience.

• Frequently Asked Questions and information pertaining directly to same-sex attracted family units.

• Short and entertaining videos drawn from Gayby Baby that compliment classroom activities (ranging from 50 to 15 minutes and created for educational purposes).

The videos encourage insightful, manageable conversations based on the real life experiences of children being raised by same-sex parents and explores the universal challenges and transitions that students will go through as they move through adolescence.

Educational Resources

Year Level Recommended for Years 7, 8, 9, 10.  Can be adapted for other year groups.
Subjects Health & Physical Education, PDHPE (NSW)
Topics Youth; Primary; Secondary; Family & Community; Society & Culture; LGBTIQ; Family Diversity; Identity; Belonging; Personal Wellbeing

Special Notes

This comprehensive resource made by the Gayby Baby team in collaboration with national curriculum writers, teachers and school leaders, is the first education resource in Australia to feature LGBTQIA+ families. But importantly, it is a resource that encourages inclusive practices and support for students from all kinds of family units.

The resource may be used in any school, in any state, at your principal’s discretion under the “local schools, local decisions” guidelines.

Gayby Baby’s School Action Toolkit: Primary

The School Action Toolkit is a Health and Physical Education / PDHPE (Y5–10) resource that explores family diversity in a fun & insightful way, using stories drawn from GAYBY BABY. Beyond the classroom, it provides staff with strategies to make their school community a safe & inclusive space for all students & their families.

Gayby Baby’s Supplementary Video Kit (Primary/ Secondary)

The Supplementary Video Kit complements the free, downloadable School Action Toolkit resource which is tailored to meet the achievement standards and content of the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian curriculum and PDHPE in NSW for Years 5-10. The kit contains a 53-minute version of GAYBY BABY, a family diversity poster (A2) for display around the school, 4 x short character videos, and a free copy of the theatrical (85 min) version of GAYBY BABY.