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Baby Steps

A program of shorts about the pressures facing gay people who want to raise children. Geoffrey Nauffts wrote, directed, and stars in Baby Steps, playing a nervous but dignified schoolteacher who discloses his homosexuality during an interview with a quietly exasperated adoption agent (Kathy Bates); the preachy script is softened by the expert performances. George Camarda respectfully portrays the gay gentry in The Olive Tree, as a gay photographer and a lesbian desperate to have his child explore such heart-wrenching subjects as legal rights and HIV testing. In Greg Sirota's Two Point Five a man ponders whether he should betray his boyfriend with heterosexual intercourse in order to conceive a child, but the laconic script and the actors' pouting suggest a J. Crew ad.

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