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Here I Am: Queer Christians tell their stories in new documentary

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Queer Christians are telling their unique stories in a new Australian documentary by producer John Wallace.

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The video gives LGBTI Christians and their families and support networks a platform to detail their personal experiences navigating life as queer people of faith.

Wallace tells Same Same he was inspired by a mother of a gay son who asked how she might help others.

“Coming out can be a difficult time for Christian families, individuals and those close to them. They often feel completely alone in the world,” Wallace said.

“I thought we need more resources and it grew from there.”

The interviewees cover a range of topics including family life, finding love, homophobia in the church and reconciling faith and love.

“I grew up in a Christian church environment and then in my early 20’s I actually became part of quite a fundamental Christian church,” one woman says.

“…and that’s where I met my beautiful partner Linda.”

A number of the interviewees mention they have experienced homophobia within the church, urging more people to stand up to it.

Wallace reported to Same Same that the response to the video has been good since its release last month.

“Even conservative church people like it.”

You can watch ‘Here I Am’ in its entirety below.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. I met and spoke last month with John and his best mate for over forty years, a local church pastor who supports LGBTQIA Christians in WA. We watched the video and talked about the filming process and the effect it has had on the participants and the audiences that are discovering the video at workshops and onYoutube.
    This a very interesting window into an underestimated and undervalued part of the LGBT family. If you think the ACL speaks for all Christians then you are very much mistaken.
    Sadly, this week, we learned that the Perth chapter of Freedom2B, A resource for LGBTQIA Christians and people of faith, has decided to cease running its monthly programs in the City. This decision is primarily due to lack of availability of free space in a central area.
    We need to hear the voices of LGBTQIA Christians and their allies because they offer an alternative and welcome voice to the negative and hurtful rhetoric of people such as Lyle Shelton and Cory Bernardi.

  2. I met and spoke last month with John and his best mate for over forty years, a local church pastor who supports LGBTQIA Christians in WA. We watched the video and talked about the filming process and the effect it has had on the participants and the audiences that are discovering the video at workshops and onYoutube.
    This a very interesting window into an underestimated and undervalued part of the LGBT family. If you think the ACL speaks for all Christians then you are very much mistaken.
    Sadly, this week, we learned that the Perth chapter of Freedom2B, A resource for LGBTQIA Christians and people of faith, has decided to cease running its monthly programs in the City. This decision is primarily due to lack of availability of free space in a central area.
    We need to hear the voices of LGBTQIA Christians and their allies because they offer an alternative and welcome voice to the negative and hurtful rhetoric of people such as Lyle Shelton and Cory Bernardi.

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