I’ll admit it, my upcoming trip to Washington DC has been tainted by the recent Paris attacks but I don’t want ISIS to be the reason I didn’t go and besides I’m in New York city so it’s not like it’s really any safer here.
I bought a same day return train ride on December 10th to watch my friend Irshad Manji (from The Moral Courage Project) receive a The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights award and then I’m taking my camera over to visit Congress to start filming a few clips for my next documentary Teach Your Kids About Love (Without Teaching Them Anything At All).
Visiting Congress is a perfect metaphor for The Great Meeting Room, I just hope that local media in DC agree with me and give me some air or print time. Beyond selling my idea, which is very important to me, I do have to sell some books along the way.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW VIDEO WILL HELP TEACH KIDS THAT IT’S OKAY TO BE GAY WITHOUT ACTUALLY TEACHING THEM ANYTHING AT ALL.
November 20, 2015 | The Great Meeting Room is an LGBT children’s book (ages 4-7) about two boys who search the world for understanding but discover something better. An allegory for our time, this book is a potent reminder that what we seek from the world is already within us.
On December 10, 2015, Raymond Helkio, author of The Great Meeting Room visits Congress in Washington, DC to film a segment for Teach Your Kids About Love (Without Teaching Them Anything At All). Produced by The Reading Salon, the show aims to future The Great Meeting Room’s message by helping parents teach values like love, understanding and acceptance without having to teach anything at all.
“Kids have a natural capacity for love. Homophobia is not a characteristic kids are born with so it’s a behaviour that gets emulated from the adults around them. The Great Meeting Room allows gay characters in your child’s reading material without having to create a point of difference for the characters.” says author and filmmaker Raymond Helkio.
THE GREAT MEETING ROOM IS AVAILABLE THROUGH:
Glad Day Bookshop
598A Yonge Street, Toronto
Bureau of General Service Queer Division
The Lesbian Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Centre
208 West 13th Street, New York City
Online: The Great Meeting Room
PRAISE FOR THE GREAT MEETING ROOM
“Helkio takes it to a new level with his splendid, nuanced, and gorgeous book, creating a story that would resonate with kids before homophobia does.” –SHAUN PROULX, GAY GUIDE NETWORK
“This book teaches kids that they don’t need a special key. They can find their own door, their own path.” –ROLYN CHAMBERS, DAILY XTRA
“I JUST lOVED IT!” –MISS CONCEPTION, 103.9 PROUDFM
“…a beautiful and smart story – perfect for boys loving boys.” –KEITH COLE, PERFORMANCE ARTIST AND FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE, TORONTO
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Raymond Helkio is a writer, director, filmmaker and graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design. He’s an active LGBT human rights activist, founder of The Reading Salon and a Canadian ambassador for the Moral Courage Project. http://RaymondHelkio.com
Photo above: aaM Photography, Getty Images.