Next Gen Student Films


Conditioned is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2021 Youth Media Academy. This short documentary shows the development of queer children’s media, beginning in the 1930s to present-day movies and TV shows. The filmmaker uses clips of TV shows and films to explore how queer representation can be improved, the consequences of censoring LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, and how representation is linked to acceptance, especially for kids.


Questions for discussion following the viewing:

  1. Think about the shows or movies you watched growing up. How did they impact you and the way you think about yourself and others?
  2. Consider the connection between kids’ villains and queerness. What unconscious biases does this result in for both straight and LGBTQ+ children? 
  3. Is there a safe space in your friend group or community to have open discussions around sexuality? Why or why not?
  4. After watching this film, do you believe there should be more LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media?
  5. How do you think this film will affect the way you consume media in the future?

Feeling Inspired? Please consider selecting at least one of the following to bring about positive change in our society.

Calls to Action for Conditioned

* Be conscious about the lack of, negative, and misrepresentation of queer individuals when consuming media, especially children’s media. And if you are with friends or family, don’t be afraid to point these things out and start the conversation.

* It is never too early to start educating children on LGBTQ+ topics since our identity is not inappropriate but heavily misunderstood. Teach kids that they are free to love and be who they are without shame.

* Create a safe environment for those around you to openly explore gender identity and sexuality. Even if it’s complicated, try to listen, learn, support, and accept them throughout their journey.

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