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WATCH: New Film Explores Secret Gay Love On High School Football Team

The upcoming film Geography Club focuses on the secret relationship between a closeted 16-year-old (Pitch Perfect‘s Cameron Deane Stewart) and his high school’s star equally closeted quarterback (90210‘s Justin Deeley).

Based on the first novel in Brent Hartinger’s best-selling, critically acclaimed Russel Middlebrook series, the drama finds the two forming the “geography club” of the title with other LGBT students.

The film, which costars veteran actor Scott Bakula, Glee‘s Alex Newell and Hairspray‘s Nikki Blonsky, will open in limited release in North America November 15.

By:           EDITORS
On:           Oct 12, 2013
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  • 17 Comments
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      *Sigh* I would have loved to have felt safe enough to have a romance in high school. I was too chicken for even a secret one.

      Oct 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      @DarkZephyr: I think the only thing that saved my life in High School was finding someone who could love me. If a hockey playing jock who I looked up to, wanted to kiss me, then being gay must not be so bad.

      Oct 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope
      stanhope

      In high school I was happier being very popular than thinking seriously about a gay romance. Being invited to everything, I didn’t mind at all putting my boy lust on the back burner though there were a few backs I wanted to burn. LOL LOL

      Oct 13, 2013 at 1:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @Scribe38: It sounds like you were very fortunate. I am happy for you. :)

      @stanhope: I didn’t have the luxury of being popular. In fact, somehow my peers figured out that I was gay and I was ridiculed and literally physically tortured for it. I am glad for you that you had a happy experience in high school. :)

      Oct 13, 2013 at 7:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • crowebobby
      crowebobby

      A 22-year-old and a 27-year-old playing two 16-year-olds. Why do I think this is going to be crap?!

      Oct 13, 2013 at 10:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jake357
      Jake357

      The book was cute; I suspect they’ve butchered it in this film.

      Oct 13, 2013 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nyruinz
      Nyruinz

      looks worth watching

      Oct 13, 2013 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall
      Niall

      Haha, I knew I recogized the name Brent Hartinger from somewhere, then I remembered he used to be with AfterElton

      Oct 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Khristiaan
      Khristiaan

      I never had any romances in high school yet alone friendships. In fact when I became aware what homosexuality was (which I didn’t even know what that was until I was 14 yrs old) I already knew not to talk about it as I grew up believing I must not have a voice or opinion. Now at age 28 I have survived over a dozen suicide attempts mostly cause I wanted to get rid of the curse (gay) but I have made a promised to God never to hurt myself again. So in short I have still a long way to go before I even come near accepting myself.

      Oct 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @Khristiaan: Its sad that we still live in a day and age where those around you can have you convinced that what you are is something so awful that you have to work hard to come to accept yourself. I know how you feel, however. Just remember that there is NOTHING WRONG with you for being gay. AT all.

      Oct 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @crowebobby: I am actually glad that they aren’t using real 16 year olds for this.

      Oct 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • goose190
      goose190

      I’m so excited for this film!
      NOW IF THEY MAKE ONE FOR RAINBOW BOYS!
      MY LIFE WOULD BE COMPLETE.

      Oct 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cee
      Cee

      Like we really needed more sensationalized crappy films.

      Oct 14, 2013 at 2:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason b.
      Jason b.

      @Cee: it’s not sensational. For me it’s a cute feel good story that will entertain for a couple hours. However, for an unknown boy or girl struggling like Krisstiaan above has and is, maybe stories like these put a face and a little hope in their struggle. For the straight kid or parent that can’t put a human face on this “behavior” they are supposed to reject or even hate, maybe films like these change their view and open their minds. As a white middle class kid in college with no empathy or understanding of the struggles of a black kid trying to escape the poverty and crime of Watts, “Boys in the Hood” opened my mind a bit.

      Oct 14, 2013 at 11:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mpwaite
      mpwaite

      I totally get this film. I played football in high school and had a F buddy that was a running back in another high school. I wish I could have been out openly on my team, and for them to accept me, but LIKE THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN??? I was a football jock who had a girlfriend, but who played with another football player (we both thought it was a phase). When I moved on to college I experienced love (or what I thought was love) for the first time in my fraternity big brother.

      Oct 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      @DarkZephyr: So sorry about your experience… I wasn’t popular either. A nerd, happy with female character comic books, role playing(not that type!) and my hockey player. I think most people knew I was gay, but I wasn’t bullied too much. Dad put his gay son in boxing and martial arts at 5. I really think he knew what was waiting on me in life. No one wants to get their ass kicked by the gay kid. I got into one fight in middle school and one in high school. People saw the aftermath and tended to leave me the fuck alone. Didn’t hurt my BF was thick and had his own brand crazy when it came to fights.

      Oct 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fdr2ga
      fdr2ga

      I read this book last year during Banned Book Week. It was emotionally honest and well written. I hope the movie does it justice.

      Oct 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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