Straight Talk About Gay Rights--LGBTQ & Churches

Hands Around the God-Box 1994 demonstration

(Link to the page with description may be found at the bottom of this post.)

*I've posted the trailer below the movie for brevity's sake*

I can't say enough about the documentary video I'm about to offer you.

It is very personal in content.

Parts of it sadden me deeply, while other parts make me want to clap my hands with real satisfaction.

Perhaps some of us may have already seen it.

No matter.

I am posting it for the content, particularly the love I see during certain moments.

As progress is slow, and we have a long way to go, I see this film as having timely wisdom to offer to everyone, whether church-going or non-believing, or whatever.

It's progress.

Not enough yet, of course. 

But better than what we had 25 years ago.

So here it is.

Hope you'll be able to take the time to see it all the way through, as every story continues on to the end.

For the Bible Tells Me So

Here's the trailer for those without the time or the inclination to view the above shortened (yet still lengthy) version of the film.

Top Image Credit:

Audrey and KittKatt52240 at

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hands_Around_the_God-Box_199...

(see that page for copyrighting license connected with this image)

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Comment by Poor Woman on May 5, 2015 at 9:12pm

It's late, so I won't be around anymore until sometime tomorrow.

See you then!

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on May 6, 2015 at 2:12am

Really interesting!

Comment by Poor Woman on May 6, 2015 at 8:52am

Hi Jon: I really love this LGBT rights film. It shows a far deeper wisdom than others I've found online. I actually shared it at a Christian chat group recently, and wonder whether such a move will change a few minds. i'm hoping so.

It starts off sad, yet ends on a higher note than it begins with. I am not a big Gephardt fan, yet how he and his wife learned to embrace their daughter's coming out I found quite touching. He seems sincere in this. I really don't know much about all of that, as I was way too busy being a working mom back when it happened to hear about it till very recently.

I do like this film. The Christian parents and LGBT children depicted tell their various stories in a way that shows a certain level of sophisticated thought with wisdom. One set of parents doesn't really accept all of the situation completely, although a certain level of peace does get restored between parents and child.

Another set of parents gets it, learns to grow beyond all expectation, and nowadays is so supportive of their LGBT offspring as to be amazingly lovely. That really wowed me!

:)

Progress. Always nice.

Peace to you

Comment by Poor Woman on May 6, 2015 at 9:32am

BTW, this is a shortened version. The complete film may be found over at Netflix in their streaming collection.

Comment by Poor Woman on May 6, 2015 at 10:24am

The trailer is only a couple minutes long, and is now available in the body of this post.

I tried to bring it here earlier, but YouTube was acting freaky for a while. 

Comment by Brazen Princess on May 6, 2015 at 10:56am

Beautiful Poor Woman... How much I love your heart!!  I am with you.  I cheered in places and literally teared up in others.  I am a Hispanic woman Christian - and I constantly wonder HOW people think they will please God by hating others.  I am always saddened when I am around bigots - many of them are "Christians" with a twisted version of Christ.  After living in the third world, I returned to the cushy life here and was amazed at what people see as Christianity.  Thank you so much for giving us this documentary. It made me think (and pray) deeply...  xox J

Comment by Poor Woman on May 6, 2015 at 11:14am

Brazen (love that moniker!):

Thank you. I love your heart too!

One of the more surprising things for me, coming from a literary sort of background, was how many people claiming to be followers of Christ actually behaved as if they'd never really read what He said in the first place. For me, that'd be sort of like voting for somebody without having learned what they might do when in office (if you'll pardon the dumb analogy).

It grieves me, at times, to know just how truly foolishly blind and bigoted some people are who claim to know Christ. He never once said anything about homosexuality  that anyone knows of. But He did speak a lot about LOVE. Never once did He say to kill anybody for being different.

So some of the most disturbing cases of gay-bashing really make me scratch my head and wonder.

I like Amy's post today as well.

Peace to you

:)

Comment by M. C. Sears on May 6, 2015 at 12:30pm
The hateful words and signage is very upsetting.
Comment by Poor Woman on May 6, 2015 at 12:50pm

M.C.:

Yes. I found it disturbing, really. So much ignorance can lead to real societal problems.

In the film, they interview people on the street, some of whom claim to be Christians, and somehow they have not actually ever read all the necessary passages in order to understand what it all means. They would cite Leviticus, but without having read all of it. Most of them would, by ancient Jewish standards, be committing "abomination" on a regular daily basis simply by wearing mixed fiber clothes, eating shellfish, etc.

I dearly loved the part wherein it imparts how we don't sell our daughters into bondage today, either--and Leviticus discusses how much should be given during such a transaction.

Times change. We have to grow up as a society.

Peace to you

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on May 6, 2015 at 1:36pm

I watched about as much of that video as I could stand...  been there, done that...  had my wife, myself and even my children condemned by my wife's parents in the from of a church much like those shown...  all because we dared love each other.  

I've also head similar stories from the VAST majority of my LGBTQ friends.   That's why over half of all LGBTQ people have NO religious affiliations or beliefs (and has the highest percentage of atheists and agnostics  of any group).  

P.S.  I also don't believe that the hatred (yes, freakin hatred) spewed by many Christians is some sort of aberration or that they don't represent the "true" Christian faith.    I think they do.  Those Christians who DON'T hare are the anomaly, not the haters.

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