Defending Our Identities: When Politics, Religion, and Sexuality Collide / RSVP FORM

Exploring the conflicts that arise when religious groups enter the political arena, this film series focuses on the struggle for acceptance and civil liberties of LGBT individuals within religious communities throughout the world. Through these films, people of all faiths can understand the LGBT community's desire for the same rights as every other member of our diverse human community and the harm that can cascade from and pervade into families when rejection occurs. Each film is followed by a moderated discussion and reception.

Sunday, January 8, 3pm
IN ANITA'S WAKE (USA, Vicki Nantz, 2010, 49 min)—This recently released documentary looks back at the hysteria surrounding the 1977 homophobic crusade of Anita Bryant, and the resulting adoption statute passed by the Florida Legislature, which outlawed gay and lesbian adoption based solely on their sexual orientation. Featured in the film are parents and children who fought to save their families from a Florida government that for 33 years prohibited gay and lesbian parents from providing a permanent, loving home to children who were languishing in foster care.

Sunday, February 12, 3pm
SILENCE IS DEATH: UNHEARD VOICES (USA, 2010, Chay Johnson, 45 min)—Johnson shines the light upon the issues of gay Black men and the problems that lead to the highest rates of HIV infection of all social groups. The film scrutinizes the role played by Black churches in stifling the discussion of AIDS by refusing to acknowledge the sexuality of some of its people.

Sunday, March 11, 3pm
CITY OF BORDERS (U.S. 2009, 66 minutes, Director: Yun Suh)—In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called Shushan. City of Borders goes inside the vibrant community at the only gay bar in Jerusalem where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create a sanctuary among people typically viewed as each other’s “enemy.” The documentary intimately portrays the daily lives of the Israeli bar owner and four Israeli and Palestinian patrons as they navigate the minefield of politics, religion and discrimination to live and love openly. Set against the construction of the separation wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories and the struggle for a gay pride parade in Jerusalem, these five inter-woven stories reveal the contradictions and complexities in the struggle for acceptance.

Co-presented by SAVE Dade’s InterFaithOUT Committee and The Wolfsonian-FIU. Free admission to film and reception. For information please contact The Wolfsonian-FIU box office at 305.531.1001 or SAVE Dade at 305.751.7283.

All three films will be screnned at:

The Wolfsonian–FIU
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Parking information:

The Wolfsonian–FIU does not have a dedicated parking lot. In addition to on-street metered parking, there are several public parking garages within walking distance of the museum. For a map of the nearby parking garages, please visit:

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