“Love Free or Die” Screening: The Connection Between Faith and Equality

Bishop Gene Robinson and his husband, Mark. Photo by Gillian Laub.

Are religion and sexuality reconcilable? According to Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to become an Episcopalian bishop, they are. The film Love Free or Die follows Bishop Robinson’s story as he travels across the country to share his story and promote equality for GLBT people of faith.

Mayim Rabim and the Minneapolis Friends will host a screening of Love Free or Die on Saturday, October 27 at 7:00pm at the Friends Meeting House in Linden Hills (4401 York Ave S). A post-screening discussion and dessert will follow the film. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted at the door.

Love Free or Die premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and is distributed through Groundswell for Courage. Groundswell’s website reads,

Religion has long been misused to justify the oppression and exclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people: ripping families apart, perpetuating discrimination, even inciting violence and self-violence. But the world is changing.

A groundswell of people is emerging from the shadows of silence to stand for the full dignity and equality of all – no matter who they are or who they love. They are telling their stories of courage to conflicted loved ones, sharing why their own beliefs compel them to welcome, affirm and celebrate queer people – just as they would anybody else. Because people are people.

Watch the trailer for Love Free or Die here.

For more information about Groundswell for Courage, visit http://www.groundswell-movement.org/.

 

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