If you've been reading this blog for a while then you're probably aware that I'm unapologetically black, gay, and Christian. For many gays and lesbians reconciling their sexuality with their faith has not been an easy task. Many churches condemn same gender loving people and they use the bible as their reason for doing so. But we know the bible has been used to justify many forms of discrimination over the years form slavery, women's rights, interracial marriage, and Jim Crow, man's interpretation of scripture has started wars and ended lives all in the name of God.
There is a new film that has taken dozens of film festivals by storm. For The Bible Tells Me So, grand jury prize nominee at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival addresses the years of spiritual abuse by the church and fundamentalist extremists towards the LGBT community.
Tonia Proteat of Atlanta tells her coming out story and the years of rejection she faced from her family. Tonia is the only black gay or lesbian participant in the movie that features Bishop Gene Robinson and Chrissy Gephardt.
For The Bible Tells Me So is being screened all over the U.S. and will arrive in Atlanta this Friday (Oct. 19) as apart of the Out On Film Festival. If you're in town then you don't want to miss this important film. Check out the trailer above and look for a review next week.