We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (aka The CHB Diaries) for this important public service announcement. The email pasted below was composed and sent off to my family about 5 minutes ago. I got to thinking in those 5 minutes since, "I don't want just my family to know about this project. I want everyone to know." Yes, reader, I want you to know. And you. And you over there. There are cosmic changes coming about. Big swells of love and empathy and understanding are rolling through the dirt and waves. I don't care where you stand on this issue, you have room in your heart for all of God's chillun: gay, straight, or somewhere in between. I promise you, you do. Read on:
I wanted to share a project with you that I've been working on. My friend Kendall Wilcox is an openly gay Mormon and filmmaker. He's working on a documentary right now called Far Between which is a compilation of interviews with hundreds of people who have tried to navigate the very difficult waters of being LDS and homosexual. Kendall doesn't have an agenda other than trying to open up dialogue and build empathy for people who are living on the margins of the Mormon community.
As part of the project, Kendall is posting short, individual interviews with gay Mormons on the Far Between website: www.farbetweenmovie.com
I've been writing summary blurbs for several of the interviews--giving you an overview of the clips. If you go to the website and click on the "Watch Stories" tab you can watch some of these interviews and read some of the blurbs. It's quite incredible how similar many of these stories are and yet, how differently each person has chosen to deal with their situation.
Kendall also made a short "It Gets Better" film with a group of gay BYU students. I can't tell you how empowering this has been for the gay and straight alliance community on campus. Here is a link to that film: http://farbetweenmovie.com/it-
Kendall made another "It Gets Better Film" with the general Mormon population--I'll be in that film! I will send you that link once he posts it online.
I hope you get a chance to watch some of these clips--they're moving and at times heartbreaking.