Tonight I'm going to a screening of a film and panel discussion with Andrew, a gay christian who reads mine and Chedner's blogs and lives in Los Angeles.
Here's the blurb:
Do I Look Fat?
From the personal stories of seven gay men who have struggled, or continue to struggle, with eating disorders and body image issues, Do I Look Fat? uncovers reoccurring and interconnecting themes that support this "self-esteem disorder." Film will be followed by a discussion. Directed by Travis Matthews, 2005, 58 minutes.
I'm looking forward to making friends with a member of our "extended" family, and maybe learning some information about body image problems. Though I don't have an eating disorder, I definitely have body image issues.
Secondly, after watching a trailer for "Were The World Mine" on D.'s blog, I went to Amazon and bought the movie--or so I thought. When it arrived, I realized that I'd bought the soundtrack. The movie has not yet been released on DVD!
After an initial feeling of disappointment, I ripped the tracks and began to listen. I am still not through the whole album, because I was stopped dead in my tracks by the amazing track title track "Were The World Mine" (click to listen)
I am not afraid! I shall not fear! But I know that my boldness comes from my knowledge of my heavenly father's love, and the love of my friends and family. The church, in all it's follies, took my prayer, and made my grace lesser by taking the joy from my life and telling me that somehow I was "lesser".
Best wishes and love to all my friends everywhere. Try to remember that I'm hear for all of you if you ever want to call me or IM me.