Faith, identity and sexuality collide as three gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists are caught between the church they know and love and their desire to be fully accepted for who they are. One young man spent five years in "ex-gay" therapy trying to become straight, but now he's falling in love with another man and wondering if that can be okay. Another was a Brazilian pastor who was fired for being gay. Can he find his calling again? And a lesbian mom from the midwest wants her daughters to grow up with her faith and beliefs, even though she knows her church might not accept their family.
This feature-length documentary follows their raw and moving journeys as they wrestle with deep questions of identity and belonging. Is there a way to reconcile their faith and identity? Can they find a spiritual home? What does it mean to belong when you find yourself on the margins? And what does it mean for a faith community to love despite difference?
You are invited to the final Australia screening of the 2013 tour (we just finished screenings in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Morisset, Newcastel, and Sydney, including the official Australian premiere at the Melbourne Queer Film festival with a sold-out crowd).
A panel discussion with local pastors and leaders will follow the screening. All are welcome.
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Note: A donation at the door towards venue and equipment hire and travel expenses for this Australian tour would be greatly appreciated.
Although this is a topic that is often highly charged in the church (most any church), the film's approach, style, tone have let people from a variety of perspectives enter into a listening space. Some endorsements include:
"This film is--hands down--the best bridge-building film in the genre that I've seen." Andrew Marin, author "Love is an Orientation"
"The movie, which simply tells stories rather than taking an advocacy stance, is powerful. It can, I believe, do much to make Adventists more compassionate in this controversial area." - Dr. William Johnsson, retired editor The Adventist Review
"Whatever one's position regarding homosexuals and the church may be, this film is worth seeing because it candidly probes issues with real human faces and stories." - Dr. Roy Gane, author and Seventh-day Adventist seminary professor
"This is a beautiful and compelling film...Although it's set in the context of Seventh-day Adventism, anyone who has felt that their faith and sexuality are in conflict will instantly get this film." - Sharon Groves, director, religion and faith program, Human Rights Campaign
"Seventh Gay Adventists (SGA) is an excellent portrayal of gay and lesbian Adventists who have had to come to terms with their homosexuality, their faith and their Adventist culture. The interplay of these three things along with their relationships and families is real and sensitively handled. Their stories are honest and heartfelt. No matter where you are at on this journey of understanding faith/sexuality conflict I have no doubt that SGA will be of benefit in some way." – Anthony Venn-Brown, founder, director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International and twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians