I’m motivated this Monday by the BET documentary I watched this weekend, Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. Beyond being poignant and very well done, HIYHM motivates me because we are continuing to have this very important dialogue in the Black community.
As you know, I am a Precher’s Kid and have written often about growing up struggling to reconcile my faith and my sexuality. To say this documentary hit home is an understatement. The documentary’s creator and producer, Clay Cane had this to say to me about why he created the film:
I wanted to put the narrative in the hands of the black LGBT people in the church. Their journeys, their stories. I also wanted to know the experience of being black and LGBT in the church. Too many times, we just see the stereotypical, homophobic preacher sweating and screaming about gays going to hell – or someone being “delivered.” The stories in Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church are actually more complicated and nuanced. Also, my intention was to push the narrative beyond same-sex marriage, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and other LGBT politics that sometimes forget about the people who are the most marginalized.
Cane also explained what he and BET hope to accomplish with the compelling and honest doc:
I want people to understand that theological and spiritual violence is just as damaging as physical abuse and emotional abuse. I want people, regardless of sexual orientation, to be seen and heard beyond doctrines. I hope people will watch Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church with the friends, family and church members and hopefully see a different side of sexuality, gender and faith.
I highly recommend watching the documentary, which is available now on BET.com.
Journalist Clay Cane explores homophobia in the black church with the groundbreaking BET.com documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. Created and produced by Cane, his film debut puts the narrative in the hands of Black LGBT people who are torn between their faith and sexuality. Through emotional and deeply honest storytelling, Holler If You Hear Me boldly tackles the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and religion. Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, where church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else, Cane and BET.com unpack this controversial but important issue. Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church humanizes the journeys of those who struggle between these worlds, proving we all deserve to be heard and loved.
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