“There’s a Long History of Forcing Children Into Boxes”

“There’s a Long History of Forcing Children Into Boxes”

Kevin Bacon says he and his wife and fellow actor Kyra Sedgwick did their best to support their now adult children as they discovered their identity, including their sexuality.

The award-winning actor spoke to Yahoo Entertainment ahead of the release of his latest film, the horror thriller Peacock They they, discuss one of the key themes behind the film’s conversion therapy camp setting: accepting your children for who they are.

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Bacon “struggles with the idea that other parents reject their children” who may identify and express sexualities within the LGBTQ+ spectrum, according to yahoo.

“With our kids, we really tried our best to say, ‘OK, you can do your own thing and figure it out,’” he says. “It worked for our kids, but it’s difficult.”

As he tried to create an open and welcoming home for his children, who are now adults, he goes on to note that this hasn’t been the societal norm historically.

“There is a long history of forcing children into clubs, whether for cultural or religious reasons,” he adds. “I think what you have to hope for is that as a society we grow and learn from it.”

During the interview, Oscar-nominated writer John Logan (gladiator, aviator) – who makes his directorial debut with the streaming horror entry – and several cast members of the film have spoken about the experience of making this film at a time when LGBTQ+ rights are being challenged, and even have the potential to be cancelled.

“I can’t think of a better time for this movie to come out, because gay rights are being challenged in ways that were inconceivable to me five years ago,” Logan explained. “Achieving a story that is about empowerment and celebrating differences feels like a worthwhile and very timely endeavour.”

Actress Monique Kim, who plays one of the camp attendees, says those who think LGBTQ+ rights are guaranteed are complacent.

“Complacency is death, so we have to acknowledge what’s going on,” Kim says. “People say, ‘Oh, that’s never gonna happen’, but look what just happened with the [Roe v. Wade] decision. This is a precedent that has been set for decades, and if it can be overturned, what’s next? We need to take this very seriously and nip it in the bud while we can.

The film’s lead actor, Theo Germaine, noted that they were also concerned about the future of LGBTQ+ rights. But the existence of a film like this – which emphasizes the humanity of LGBTQ+ people – can also be positive.

“There are a lot of bad guys who don’t like us and don’t want us to have rights,” Germaine says. “I have stronger words that I won’t say, because it’s foul language!” But that’s also what makes me all the more excited and inspired to work on something like this.

They add, “This is a project that takes very seriously the terror and fear that queer people feel…and you see that these are real people with real hearts and souls who need to be protected.”

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