Tonight I ventured up into one of the suburbs to support some friends, but to also watch a good movie. Three of my friends/colleagues run a group called The Naming Project. It's an open and affirming faith-based youth group serving youth of all gender identities and orientations. I'd put a link in this entry but it's already linked in my lefthand column in the section cleverly titled "rest stops along the way." [Do you get it? The whole "stumbling toward divinity" title references a journey, a movement hopefully in the general direction of God. So I titled that link section rest stops along the way, because rest stops are supposed to be places of refreshment and information on your various journeys. I'm so danged clever it's scary. Though you'll notice it says in the description that one of my good friends runs it. Since writing that description I'd like to think I've gotten to know the other two guys on the staff, and I could consider them to be friends, as well.]
Anyhow, you'll notice at the top of that same list of links there's a link for Camp Out. It's a movie about the first overnight Christian camp for GLBT youth, which is run by The Naming Project. It premiered several months ago on LOGO, which is a network marketing to the GLBT audience and owned by Viacom's MTV Networks division. I attended a viewing party at my friend's house, and so I've seen it already and wrote about it here, though I'm anxious for it to come out on DVD. There were a couple viewings in the area, and since I actually had a free evening and there was one showing in one of the closer suburbs, I decided to make the trek up to see it.
It is a really good movie. It speaks about God's love for all people, and the struggle that GLBT people, especially youth, have to reconcile these two often conflicting worlds that they live in. The tagline for the movie is "Can you be gay and Christian at the same time?" and this movie shares the experiences of several of these youth who attended the first session of this camp about 5 years ago. It was really interesting to get the chance to visit with several of the youth who were featured in that movie and to hear their thoughts about their experiences now 5 years later (though most of the campers there had attended subsequent summers, as well).
So, I just wanted to take some time to sing the praises of my friends all that they do to work to help youth learn to accept and love themselves I figure any exposure they can get, even to the 7 or so people that read my blog, is good. If you're curious to see more, why not click on over to either of the links in the lefthand column OR to make it easier, you can click here to view the trailer and then follow the links there to learn more. Also, if you happen to get LOGO (we here in the boonies do not) then check out their schedule to see when it's airing again. And please support them in anyway that you feel called to do!!