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Out in the Silence

There was a screening of the documentary "Out in the Silence" in my town last week.

I had stood up in church the previous Sunday and plugged the film, stating that those who read the paper know I advocate for gay rights. I told them that I have a brother who is gay, and that those who have been attending for awhile have seen him singing in our choir occasionally. I then read an ad telling what the film is about. I said that I'd seen it before and it was well done. It makes people think about what small town values really should be.

This film was made locally, in Oil City, PA.

It is available on DVD, and I highly recommend it.


A few days later, I received a note from someone in our congregation.


"Dear Bonnie,

"You are to be commended for the courage you showed Sunday in church. It is long overdue for Christians and all of society to recognize that gays are humans with rights like everyone else.

"Hopefully, the climate is changing a bit. The new generation doesn't seem to be as threatened as the old guard."



This lady would be considered part of the "old guard," so it was nice to read something like this from someone like her.

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dreamer_98
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Good for you for standing up. And I'm glad you got a positive response from that member.
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
It was nice of her to take the time to write.
droxy
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Go you!
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Thanks!
alabastard
Apr. 5th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Good for you, that takes courage and conviction.
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
I really have gotten to the point where I can't keep my mouth shut anymore. ;)
alabastard
Apr. 6th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know that place, and it's a must, often.
belluthien
Apr. 5th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Way to go, my friend. :)
This encourages, big time.
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bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is encouraging. Yes.
mellymell
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful! It's nice to get unexpected validation.
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 5th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
I have occasionally been pleasantly surprised by the open-mindedness of some people in my parents' generation and above.
laughingmagpie
Apr. 8th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful that you not only touched her with your courage, she took the time to tell you so :-)
bonnie_halfelvn
Apr. 9th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Yes, I really appreciated that.
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