‘Many Voices’ Video Campaign To Reveal Stories Of Black Gay & Transgender Christians In The Church
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‘Many Voices’ Video Campaign To Reveal Stories Of Black Gay & Transgender Christians In The Church

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Filmmaker Katina

Parker has created a series of six videos for the Many Voices organization, featuring the personal stories of African

American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people who came

of age in Black churches. The web campaign features not only lay people, but high-profile clergy as well.

Many Voices is a non-profit whose mission is to foster a

Black Church movement for gay and transgender justice, and its new media campaign

was created to engage church leaders and LGBTQ people about

fostering a movement for gay and transgender justice in Black churches. It also as well offers training, resources, and relationship-building opportunities for

interested church leaders and Black LGBTQ people.

As United

Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, who is involved with Many Voices says: “The time is now for the Black Church

to fully embrace our tradition of calling for freedom, liberation and justice

for all of God’s children — especially for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and

transgender family and friends.”

And Rev. Cedric Harmon,

who is co-director of Many Voices, added that “The truths of the personal testimonies

represented in the Many Voices Video Campaign are hard to deny. I pray we hear

the message and eagerly engage in efforts to eliminate the inequalities and

injustices affecting the lives and aspirations of so many.”

A new video will be released once a week until Transgender

Day of Remembrance on November 20, with the first video featuring Bishop Tonyia Rawls, who is the Founding Pastor, Unity Fellowship Church in Charlotte

NC.

The other interviewees in the video series, all who whom

are based in North Carolina, are Jermaine Lee, Program Manager of Behavioral Intervention, PowerHouse

Project (Charlotte), Ai Elo , writer and youth advocate (Charlotte), Julia Wallace, the Co-Founder of the Mobile Homecoming Project (Durham), A’Omaré Kyyam, activist and poet (Chapel Hill), and Reverend Brendan Boone  who

is the transgender Pastor of Metropolitan Community

Church (Raleigh).

The videos can be seen on Many Voices’ YouTube channel

HERE, on Vimeo HERE and their Facebook page HERE. You can also go to Many Voices’

own website HERE.

Here’s the first video with Bishop Rawls:

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