Press release "Family Stories" video
- MINDS AND HEART CAN AND DO CHANGE:
New Video Confronts Ignorance and Homophobia in the Church and Offers Hope to
Those Who Face Condemnation and Judgement
Press Release: June 1, 2001 Contact: John Davis, Producer
For Immediate Release (610)989-0198
WORLD PREMIER!!! Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in Mixed Orientation
Philadephia - Two women, trapped by their own judgemental and homophobic
religious beliefs, share their stories of love and hope in the soon to be
released video, Family Stories: Journeys of Spirit in Mixed Orientation
Families. The video documents the transition of Roberta Kreider and Mary Lou
Wallner from devasation to empowerment when confronted with the myriad of
issues that resulted from the deaths of their gay and lesbian family members.
Roberta Kreider, whose brother first told her he was gay two weeks before he
died of AIDS, tells of her 10 year process of research, education, soul
searching and prayer to over come her own fear, ignorance and homophobia.
Mary Lou Wallner tells about the complicated spiritual task of trying to
comprehend the suicide of her daughter, Anna, in February of 1997 and the
implication of her refusal to accept Anna's homosexuality.
Both women are from religious backgrounds that condemned homosexuality as a
sin, and both tried unsuccessfully to reconcile their loved ones'
homosexuality with the judgmental religion of their childhood. Both women
are now active in promoting acceptance and understanding of gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender individuals, and offer hope to a community that has
been condemned by religious organizations, religious leaders, and family
"When I first head the stories of these two women, I knew they needed to be
recorded and given a larger audience," said John Davis, producer of Family
Stories. "A young man told me when he heard these two women tell their
stories, it had given him hope for his own unaccepting families, a hope that
had been sorely lacking as he had contemplated his own suicide in the past.
Introduced by Rev. Peter Gomes, Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard
Divinity School, the video will be a resource to be used by churches,
community organizations, univerisities, seminaries, gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender organizations (PFLAG, GLAAD, etc.), and individuals of all
backgrounds and denominational
A premier screening will be held at The Center for Sexuality and Religion,
987 Olde Eagle School Road - Suite 719, Wayne, PA on June 17 at 5:30 p.m.
with light refreshments to follow. RSVP to Helen Heineman at
The video can be purchased for $29.95 – along with a study guide, by sending
a check for $29.95 to John Davis, PO Box 164, Wayne PA 19807, or by calling
(610) 989-0198. The video is available free or at a reduced price for
journalists or those interested in distribution.
Profits will be used to fund new ventures that promote equality for God's
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender childen. Funding and support were
provided for this video by Central Baptist Church (CBC) in Wayne, PA, the CBC
Concerned mission group, and many individuals within the congregation. For
more information, see: http://www.familystoriesvideo.org
This press release written and circulated for "Family Stories" by the
Interfaith Movement for Progressive Action and Cultural Transformation
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