Weird Haircuts and Bad Attitudes
Jessie is a teen trying to figure out who they are. She’s awkward, nervous and not even sure she’s a girl. When Jessie’s family moves her to Texas she’s intrigued by Parker the new TV Production teacher at Bell Hood High School. Parker seems young, cool and confident to the impressionable Jessie.
Little does Jessie know, her new teacher is a former student of Bell Hood High who is still dealing with her own past trauma and experience of homophobia at the school. Parker begins to question her return to the school when she’s confronted with mixed memories of her former teacher, Penny, a closeted women with her own issues, who is now the assistant principal of the school.
When Parker asks students to make a documentary that “challenges them” Jessie works with a love interest on a film about their gender and sexuality. This documentary brings up Parker’s own issues with gender and puts Parker and her closeted former teacher in conflict over whether the documentary is appropriate for the high schooler.
Jessie wants to show their documentary to the whole school but Parker isn’t sure. Parker’s new love interest Jean encourages Parker to let the student present their documentary while supporting Parker’s acceptance of her own gender.
The story comes to a head when Penny falsely believes her former student has outed her right before Jessie’s big presentation. A presentation where Jessie comes out as non-binary.
On the night of Jessie’s big presentation Jessie gets nervous standing in front of their fellow students in the auditorium. Parker’s anxiety prevents her from being able to help Jessie. In a cathartic twist of events Parker comes to help the nervous Jessie get through their presentation.
Three micro-generations of AFAB queer people collide at a high school in the south in this coming of age script about the intersection of gender and sexuality. The story ask what the responsibilities of queer teachers are to their students and investigates how collective trauma keeps queer people from being able to support each other.