God and Gays: Bridging the Gap

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The Director: Luane Beck

Recently named a “filmmaker to watch,” by Curve magazine, Luane Beck was a professional actor for over seventeen years before turning her creative talents to directing and screenwriting. Appearing in dozens of productions on stage, television and film, Beck gained a unique eye for characters and angles. She burst onto the movie scene in 2004 with her critically acclaimed film Intentions.

Praised by both audiences and critics, Intentions was seen worldwide at dozens of prestigious film festivals including Cinequest and the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. The film is now widely available on DVD. Prior to Intentions, Beck served as producer/director of Parallel Lives, written by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. She also served as writer/director for River Team, an environmental documentary.

On stage, Beck has directed Sisters, Welcome to the Moon, Assistant Directed to Amy Glazer for Spinning into Butter and The American in Me. In addition, Beck also served as Dramaturge for the premiere of The Music Lesson.

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The Producer: Kim Clark

Clark is a highly-acclaimed professional speaker whose interactive topics include "Comfort Zones are Slow Dream Killers". Her energy and ability to speak to everyone in the audience individually - no matter where they are in their life - places her in high demand by churches, schools and conference coordinators. Clark helps people connect the dots in their lives and guides them through the obstacle-ridden journey from what we know to feeling it, resulting in the "head to heart transfer". Find out how to bring this life-changing experience to your community: info@godandgaysthemovie.com

As a prolific writer, (have you seen the blog?) she is currently working on a series of articles on subjects including fear-based vs. love-based decision making, and walking side-by-side vs. at each other.

Clark worked as a Line and Associate Producer for nine documentaries, including award winning Preemies: Fight for Life and Coast Guard: Survivors airing on the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and Discovery Health Channel. Clark wrote, produced, and directed the documentary Shouting at a Loud Party: The Contemporary Christian Music Industry, a look at the potential social change created by Christian-focused music.

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Rev. Dr. Mel White

The Rev. Dr. Mel White has been a Christian minister, author, and filmmaker all his adult life. Raised as a evangelical Christian, taught that homosexuality was a sin, he fought to overcome his own homosexual orientation for decades in all ways available to him: prayer, psychotherapy, exorcism, electric shock, marriage and family. That struggle and his halting, poignant steps to understand and accept his homosexuality, reconcile it with his Christian faith, and express his sexuality respectfully and responsibly, are described in his book Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America, published in 1994. White's new book tells the stories of his experiences while ghostwriting for the most well-known religious right leaders and their behind-the-doors strategies involving demonizing gay people: Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right.

Mel White founded Soulforce Inc. with his partner, Gary Nixon. Though Soulforce was established recently, Mel White has been developing his work with soul force principles for many years.

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Rev. Deborah L. Johnson

Rev. Deborah L. Johnson is the founder and president of both The Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity, and Inner Light Ministries, an outreach ministry dedicated to teaching the practical application of Universal Spiritual Principles.  A dynamic public speaker, she is known for her ability to inspire and to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues. She travels the nation teaching, training, consulting, and facilitating for groups large and small.  She is also the author of the very popular The Sacred Yes and Your Deepest Intent are published by SoundsTrue.

A staunch civil rights activist, Deborah Johnson is the successful co-plaintiff in a landmark case setting precedence for the inclusion of sexual orientation in California’s Civil Rights Bill.  She has been a voice for compassion, justice, and reconciliation. She has worked extensively in the women’s movement, civil rights movement, and gay and lesbian rights movement. She joins her mentor, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith from The Secret holding a vision of Oneness, beyond creed and doctrine, and strives to heal the sense of separation between those adhering to conservative and progressive ideologies. A primary focus has been on coalition building, conflict resolution, public policy development, and cultural sensitivity awareness.

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Darlene Bogle

Darlene was a director of an Exodus Ministry for many years. Paraklete was an out- reach of the Hayward, CA Foursquare church where she was the assistant pastor. She traveled nationally for Exodus, teaching and speaking at conferences, as well as appearing on such shows as Jerry Springer, Sally Jesse Raphael and CBS' 48 Hours. She appeared on other nationally televised programs and was interviewed by the 700 Club. She authored  and contributed to 5 books promoting change from the homosexual lifestyle. In 1992 she found a Christian woman with whom she had a 12 year relationship, and was asked to leave all Christian organizations, while renouncing her ministerial involvement. Her partner passed away from breast cancer in February 2005.

Darlene's new book A Christian Lesbian Journey tells her story of ex-gay recovery and love, fully reconciled. He has blessed her with a new relationship and she and Becky are actively involved in their church and in reaching out to the gay community with God's love and acceptance.

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Mary Lou Wallner

Mary Lou Wallner lost her lesbian Christian daughter to suicide in February of 1997.  Being raised in a fundamentalist, legalistic church environment, Mary Lou was taught the untruth that homosexuality is a sin.  Her journey from “tragedy to transformation” is nothing short of amazing.  She and her husband, Bob, are strong allies for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender people and are leaders in TEACH Ministry, To Educate About the Consequences of Homophobia.  They have a sincere desire to see the church accept and welcome GLBT people just the way God made them.  Mary Lou’s book, The Slow Miracle of Transformation, now in its third printing details her journey over the past 9 years.

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Valerie Joi Fiddmont

Valerie Joi’s song delivery is as fluid and focused as her life. She is a minister extraordinaire and her message of unconditional love and acceptance is clear, strong and uncompromising. Listening to her sing, play or direct is an artistic and healing journey in itself.

Valerie Joi has since gone on to study classical piano and jazz voice privately and at the collegiate level, while she has pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  In addition, she has been able to utilize both her skills, singing and playing the piano with numerous recording and production artists as a background vocalist, vocal coach, composer, arranger and producer, and as a member of various mass gospel choirs.  Her classical, jazz and gospel influences are apparent in her CD release Rise Above and her new release Singing the Sacred Yes, which accompanies her partner, Rev. Deborah L. Johnson's, book The Sacred Yes.

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Jason Stuart

Jason Stuart is one the countries top openly gay comic’s. Jason is hysterical in his new theatrically released film, Coffee Date. He has performed at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Town Hall on Broadway and to 100,000 at the Millennium March. He is now touring all the mainstream comedy clubs with his new act, “Looking For Mr. Right Comedy Show” to sell out crowds across the USA. As an actor, he has had a recurring role onMy Wife & Kids” starring Damon Wayans, playing a gay family therapist.  Jason has been seen all over TV on “Fat Actress”, “House”, “Strong Medicine”, “Providence”, “Will & Grace”, “The Drew Carey Show” and “Charmed”. In Films he has been featured in “A Day Without A Mexican”, HBO’s “Gia” with Angelina Jolie, “Ghosts Never Sleeps” opposite Faye Dunaway and in his first starring role in the romantic comedy “10 Attitudes”, which he also co-produced. And he just completed the indie films “Coffee Date” with Jonathan Silverman & Wilson Cruz and “Easier, Softer Way” with Mekhi Phifer & Danny Masterson.

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Laura Engelken

While attending protestant Christian churches during her youth, in high school and college, Laura affiliated with fundamentalist faith communities -- resonating with their emphasis on God's unconditional love and a personal relationship with Jesus. However, once she came out as a lesbian, God's love became conditional as she was rejected by friends, family and faith communities.


Since coming out as a lesbian in 1994, Laura has sought to reclaim a progressive Christian faith and understanding of the Divine. Laura is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She is a person-in-care with the United Church of Christ and is considering ordination and a career in campus ministry. Laura earned her Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The University of Vermont and worked in public universities over the last decade. Her Master's thesis was entitled, Integrating Sexual and Spiritual Identity: Educating Student Affairs Professionals To Facilitate Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Students' Journeys Toward Wholeness.

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