In April of 2009 I watched a documentary that changed my life. It was called Through My Eyes, and it was about gay and lesbian youth and their struggles with their christian faith. It was my first experience with anything both gay and christian. I was able to talk with some of the people involved in the making of the film and my world was rocked to the core. It wasn’t just my struggle. There were many others out there just like me, and they were okay. For the first time I knew it was possible to be both gay and a christian. I wasn’t sure how that would look for me, but at that point just knowing it was enough. In June of 2010 I attended my first pride parade, and sandwiched between half naked men and butch dykes on bikes was a float for the inclusive Methodist church I now belong to. I’ve come a long way in three years!
This summer I seem to be on a mission. I have watched several more documentaries concerning faith and homosexuality. I have been amazed at how many different movies there are on the subject. Fish Out of Water and For the Bible Tells Me So were both excellent and very informative. I also watched a movie called Fall From Grace which is about Rev. Fred Phelps and his anti-gay protests across the nation. It was shocking to see young children being taught to have such intense hatred for a group of people. Add to that list Prodigal Sons, about a transgendered woman (nothing about religion) and bits and pieces of several other movies as well. I’m not sure what my goal is in watching these movies. It might be nothing more than just an interest. We’ll see.