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I am a Straight, Christian Ally

For the first seven months of working on At The End Of The Day, I felt like I was at a disadvantage.

I am a straight, Christian ally.

Who am I to write gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender characters? How could I connect with the reality of these people with experiences so different from mine?

I thought that to give my project any legitimacy within the LGBT community, I’d need to attach a non-hetero producer or talent. And while I certainly want to be as diverse as possible in my partnerships on this project, something always seemed wrong to me about going after a specific type of person just so my project seemed more legit.

However, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Del Shores (Sordid Lives, Queer as Folk, Southern Baptist Sissies). He told me point blank that me being a straight Christian ally is pretty much the opposite of a handicap for me. He reminded me how strong of a statement it is that I have no personal reason to make this film other than it’s the right thing to do.

So now, I start most of my conversations and emails about this project boldly introducing myself as a “straight, Christian ally who understands much harm has been done to the LGBT community in the name of love.”

It’s not that I’m some super awesome person. It’s just that my perspective has changed.

I’ve asked questions.

I’ve listened to the answers.

And now I am so proud that I am a straight, Christian ally. (tweet this)

I read this great article (by Nicholas Ferroni @NicholasFerroni) on huffingtonpost.com today that sums it up quite well:

Our youth, especially those dealing with internal struggles like sexuality, need heroes and guidance, and it has become appallingly obvious that the examples and role models they see the most are not the ones who are presenting the best displays of behavior and character.

Read the full article here.

I am a straight, Christian ally. And I’d love to hear your story…

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