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Spiritual communities should be a safe place for all youth.
A group of youth interns at the Youth Leadership Institute in Marin County examined the challenges and opportunities that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth face when connecting to a faith community.
Through a series of dialogues, community interviews and research, youth identfied key themes and are currently producing a video surrounding the relationship between values, acceptance and leadership in faith communities.
Our goal is not to have answers to this topic's complexities, but to simply start a conversation. We are hoping that dialogue will lead to better understadning of how faith communities are and can be more open and inclusive to all.
Our film screening will be preceded by a performance from Sam Sax, a Bay Area spoken word poetry slam champion. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with two of our youth filmmakers, as well as Rev. Carol Hovis, director of the Marin Interfaith Council, and Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr, founder of Spectrum LGBT Center. Below is our video Save the Date. Please forward this invite to other interested individuals.
This is a free event, but we will be accepting cash donations the evening of the event. 100% of donations will go to the Youth Leadership Institute's youth programs.