Gay Spirit

Gay Spirit

Release date:

1996

Running time:

52 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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Followers of different religions, six courageous individuals faced similar issues when they "came out". Gay Spirit reveals how they struggled to embrace their sexuality alongside their spirituality. They share their stories with candour and honesty.

•Brent discovered that years of commitment to the Seventh Day Adventist Church meant nothing when his fellow worshippers turned their backs on him for being homosexual;

•Hussein, a Muslim man, received death threats when his battle with AIDS became public;

•Bridget and Chris are two nuns who realized that they could not live within the constraints of the Roman Catholic church when they became a couple;

•Naomi only accepted that she was a lesbian after marrying and raising a family--she has since tried to remain a part of the Jewish community;

•Abused as a child by a fellow member of the Pentecostal church, Rick attempted suicide several times before accepting his homosexuality.

Commentary from Dr. Martin Brokenleg, professor of native studies at Augustana College in North Dakota, provokes insight into the challenges these individuals have faced. Dr. Brokenleg stresses the importance of overcoming discrimination by reminding viewers that approximately 35% of adolescent suicides are by teens who are questioning their sexuality. Gay Spirit celebrates the strength of the human spirit and encourages acceptance.

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