Is the church the next battleground for acceptance? Will there be internal strife in out places of worship to acknowledge those of us that wish to worship with the religious family we grew up with even though we are LGBT?
With marriage equality, LGBT Pride and the "Transgender Tipping Point," there has been progress for the LGBT community. But some religious institutions sadly fall far behind when it comes to accepting and embracing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks. For the first time on film, BET.com and journalist Clay Cane explore homophobia in the Black church with the groundbreaking documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. – bet.com
My first thought is if a church does not accept you, find another. That is so much easier said than done. My drive to be part of any religion is nonexistent, but many are raised in and around the church and desire to continue their faith even after they are blessed with the wisdom of knowing who they are sexually and it does not jive with their faith. What happens then? For those of us of faith, this means turmoil.
Created and produced by Cane, the film puts the narrative in the hands of Black LGBT people who are torn between their faith and the way they are treated by their church, the stories are varied, passionate and inspiring. Cane traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, where church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else, to dive into one of the most taboo topics in the Black community. With extraordinary access and without judgment, Cane and BET.com tackle this controversial but important issue through the journeys of those who are living it everyday and whose stories prove we all deserve to be heard and loved. – bet.com
Watch the first trailer for Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In the Church, below.
Does this hit home for you Instincters?
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