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Anyone “I’m gay.” No matter your belief, hearing your child utter those two words is a game-changer. Although it’s not necessarily a bad thing, the vision you’ve held for your child is washed away. In her documentary Anyone and Everyone, filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz takes an intimate look at how families of various ethnic backgrounds and faiths—from Hindu to Southern Baptist—have reacted to their children coming out as LGBT and the lasting impact those conversations have had on their lives. As Anyone and Everyone details, up to 26 percent of gay teens are forced from their homes upon coming out. “It was so evil and so bad that we almost couldn’t talk about it,” a Mormon mother says in the film. “You just had the idea it was so terrible, that it was unspeakable.” While negative reactions like these are, unfortunately, still common, the film also contains footage from PFLAG meetings where LGBT teens find love and support during these difficult times. Airs June 29 at 10 p.m. on PBS. For more information on the documentary, log on to anyoneandeveryone.com. —Megan Smith

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