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Why is a Straight, Christian Guy Making a Film About LGBT People?

Why is a straight, Christian guy making a film about LGBT people?

The most heartbreaking truth is that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. And their homeless because their families, mainly religious, have kicked them out of their home. Rejecting them for some sexual or gender “otherness.”

My wife and I grew up being taught that “love the sinner, hate the sin” was a loving approach. But as we experienced the world we realized how hurtful that would be.

So we, my wife and I, asked ourselves, “If one of our kids came out, what would unconditional love look like in our family?” This sent us into years of research and asking questions, and listening to the answers.

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We’re still in the learning process, but one thing we are certain of: we had a lot of things wrong.

This film is about family, about love, about forgiveness. But ultimately “At the End of the Day” is about asking questions, and taking the time to listen to and honor the answers.

Take a second and put yourself in the shoes of an LGBT teen, who is trying to figure this all out.

They don’t have any explanation for their attraction. They don’t have answers to their questions.

To top it off, their parents or religious leaders are telling them that who they are at their core is broken in a way that no one else is.

So take a step. Ask questions. Be okay with uncomfortable.

I’ve heard it said that perfect love drives out all fear.

I think maybe it’s time we give that a try.

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6 Comments
  • Matthew Andersen on August 4, 2015

    “that who they are at their core is broken in a way that no one else is.”

    That isn’t biblical, no where in scripture does the bible single out homosexuality as a worse sin, as a different sin as a more potent sin, it is just listed alongside all the other sexual sin.

    In fact scripture is very clear that WE ALL like sheep have gone astray and that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and the NO ONE is righteous not even one. Everyone is a sinner, broken to the core, every inclination of the human heart is only evil all the time (prior to the work of salvation).

    So how would I treat a homosexual child, exactly the same way you treat your hetero sexual ones… preaching the Gospel, making it known constantly that we are all broken, we have all sinned BUT the amazing gift of God through Jesus Christ is the offer of redemption and salvation and He is the only name under heaven, given among men for by which we must be saved.

    How that outworks and if I ever get to struggle through that experience with the dependence on God remains to be seen.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    • Kevin O'Brien on August 7, 2015

      Hi Matt, thanks for the comment. I agree that the quoted statement is not biblical or has any truth regardless. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t get communicated by many, many Christians as biblical. I do not agree with you that being anything other than a straight, cisgendered person is a “Sexual sin.” While everyone has sinned, a person’s orientation or gender identity does not have anything to do with that statement. Hope you enjoy the trailer and film when it comes out.

  • Peter Rowney on August 7, 2015

    Why are you using Audacity as a tag?

    Have you seen Audacity?

    • Kevin O'Brien on August 7, 2015

      Hi Peter, thanks for reading. Yes, I just watched Audacity last night, and I am not a fan of it’s message or approach. I used Audacity as a tag because that is another movie about LGBT (mainly gay/lesbian) people made by a straight white dude. I’d like for people searching for that film to know there’s another message out there, and find our movie.

      What are your thoughts on “Audacity?”

      • Sam on August 12, 2015

        What is your goal in the production of this film? Is it to promote the condoning of homosexuality?

        • Kevin O'Brien on August 24, 2015

          Hi Sam! The goal of this film is to ask some questions for people who feel like they can’t ask questions, and to bring awareness to the crisis of religious families rejecting their kids when they come out – among many other things.

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