River of Life

LGBTQ+

A DOCUMENTARY BY GRACE WALCOTT

How Many of You Were Alive When Being Gay was a Crime?

Explore a drama therapy workshop with 13 diverse participants, unpacking queerphobia, and celebrating LGBTQ+ evolution

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River of Life LGBTQ+ and its Story

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River of Life LGBTQ+ explores the intense nuance and complexity that members of the LGBTQ+ community face while externalizing their feelings and experiences into a physical form. Learn the unique stories that each participant has as they use drama therapy as a medium for self-reflection and gaining insight into the circumstances of other members of their community.

I feel like I have to come out every day because I don't want to be perceived as something I'm not.

Director's Bio

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Grace Walcott (she/he) is a Director, Actor, Drama Therapy Facilitator, and the Author of Wide Open: My Adventures in Polyamory, Open Marriage and Loving on My Own Terms. She/he is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in Drama Therapy and currently leads groups and sees individual clients. She/he has been a principal on “Nash Bridges,” and numerous local TV and commercials. Her film "Ginger Snaps" was shown at the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival, LA Outfest, Germany LGBTQ Film Festival, and on PBS. Her plays have been produced by "Brava! For Women in the Arts," The Climate Theater, Solo Mio, The Chi Chi Club, The Fringe Festival, The Marsh, Josie's Juice Joint, and WOW Cafe in New York City.

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Why Drama Therapy

Why Drama Therapy is a Powerful Solution for the LGBTQ+ Community

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Although drama and theater have existed as a form of self-expression and art for centuries, the term “drama therapy” as a program and its practice have also been explored since the 1930's. This technique of therapy is distinctly advantageous to members of the LGBTQ+ as it provides an uplifting setting to define the meaning of being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, whether that be acting through coming out stories, encounters with queerphobia, or instances of allyship.

With a variety of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in circulation, that discrimination adversely impacts an already marginalized community even further.


Members of the LGBTQ+ community also faced an increased risk of health threats compared to their peers outside of the community. Although differences in sexual behavior account for some of the disparity, others are directly linked to social and structural inequities, such as discrimination.

  • 3 in 5
    More than 3 in 5 transgender Americans faced discrimination in the past year.
  • 1/2
    More than half of LGBTQ+ Americans reported having to hide their relationships to avoid discrimination.
  • 1 in 3
    Only 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ youth found their home life was affirming.
Why Drama Therapy

Youth members of the LGBTQ+ community are uniquely susceptible to facing social stigma about their sexual identities, as it can sometimes originate from primary caregivers, compromising their only safe space. That stigma can lead to a number of harmful outcomes, such as discrimination, harassment, family rejection, social rejection, or violence. For LGBTQ+ youth, these experiences can put their health at risk.


Providing a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth to feel accepted is a proven way to promote their health and well-being. Drama therapy provides that space for self-expression and is a catalyst for coping with the discrimination they may have encountered throughout their lives.

Let's Spread the Word with Pride

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Interested in showing River of Life LGBTQ+ at your film festival in 2023 or beyond? Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and LGBTQ+ community as a whole deserve representation in movies, online documentaries, local film festivals, and more. If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, interested in showing the film, or curious about participating in a workshop, contact Grace below.

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