evey face has a story

One of the themes I have tried to highlight on this blog is that the entire conversation about sexual identity is not about winning a debate. It is about learning how to understand and love people better.

The historical and personal documentaries featured in today’s post are among my personal favorites. In videos #1 and #2 you will hear (in their own words) the heartfelt, personal stories of . . .

  • Thoele – a transgender woman
  • Julie – a gay Christian
  • Donald – a believer in Christ who experiences same-sex attraction
  • Dawson – a gay pastor
  • Trista – a sexual minority
  • Deborah – an out and proud lesbian
  • Robert – an evangelical pastor
  • John – “I have a sister . . . she says there’s not verbiage for what she thinks she is.”
  • Michael – a gay agnostic/atheist
  • Wendell and Dianne – Christian parents of a gay son
  • Marisa and Cynthia – a lesbian and a straight woman who are friends
  • Lavonia – a 95-year-old church lady

“Compelling Love and Sexual Identity” also includes honest and eye-opening street interviews with individuals across the United States. This film is a great resource to share in a group setting. A group study guide is available by clicking the link at the end of Video #2.

Video #3 is a 2-minute trailer for “Stonewall Uprising”, another awesome documentary you should view and share. For your convenience, I’ve included links to the Amazon.com product pages of “Stonewall Uprising” (and 2 other films) below.


Video #1: Compelling Love – The Trailer (3 minutes) . . .

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Video #2: Compelling Love – The Feature-Length Film (92 minutes) . . .

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Compelling Love: The Website . . .

Click here for more information about this documentary, to download the film, to view additional (and expanded) street interviews and to access the film’s study guide.


Video #3: American Experience: Stonewall Uprising (2 minute trailer)


Amazon.com Links . . .

American Experience: Stonewall Uprising

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community

After Stonewall


Take Action:

After you view (and share) these videos, have a dignified, grace-filled conversation with at least one of the following people.

Engage someone who self-identifies as . . .

  • a gay man
  • someone who is same-sex attracted
  • a transgender individual
  • a lesbian woman
  • a postgay person
  • a bisexual individual

Ask if they would be willing to share their story with you over coffee. Take care to listen and ask open-ended questions. Communicate love, respect and transparency. Make an intentional and humble effort to learn and acknowledge. DO NOT lecture, preach or debate.

Regardless if they are Christians or not, keep these biblical directives in mind:

Be wise in the way you act with those who are not believers. Use your time in the best way you can. When you talk, you should always be kind and wise. Then you will be able to answer everyone in the way you should.”

– Colossians 4:5, 6 (Easy-To-Read Version)

In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.”

– Philippians 2:3, 4 (Easy-To-Read Version)


To read this article’s parent/source article “Every Face Has A Story”, click here.


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