“Late Expectations” shows what it’s like to come out in high school


High school is traditionally a time of exploration. Between middle school and college, there’s a lot of figuring out to do. Where do you fit in? What kind of person do you want to be? By the end of high school, you’re old enough to drive and old enough to vote. And for many LGBT people, high school is a time to come out.

In 2010, a Stonewall poll found that the average age at which people are come out is falling. On average, people who are currently over 60 came out at 37. By contrast, the average coming out age for people in their 30’s is 21; for people between 18 and 24, it’s 17.

So it’s good to see a high school coming-out story on film. Late Expectations was made by a talented crew that’s just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund post-production. The film follows India, a high school senior living in Brooklyn. She seems to have had high school figured out, with a full ride to Brown University and a committed boyfriend. However, she doesn’t feel successful because she’s living a lie: She’s in a secret relationship with Rose.

Thais Francis is the lead actress, as well as the film’s writer and producer. Although she’s new to filmmaking, her crew includes people who’ve worked on projects for Sundance and HBO. She states that the project has been one of “diligence, focus, and unrealistic ambition.” 

In a world mediated by stage managed Facebook and Instagram posts, it’s important to create honest portrayals of LGBT teens—warts and all. The film’s website states that the story is “inspired by the human struggle between meeting everyone else’s expectations, while painfully denying our own.”

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