Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Far Between Movie
When I was in the first stages of coming out I was a mess of emotions. These emotions included fear, dread, and hope that somehow everything will get better. I felt lonely and I wasn't sure who to turn too. It was then that I found a series of videos on YouTube that were done by Far Between that I started feeling less alone and more hopeful. One of the first ones was the BYU It Gets Better video.
I found out later that this video was done by the makers of Far Between. But when I was watching it over two years ago. I felt hopeful, I finally knew there were other people like me and that maybe, just maybe, I would get through this and figure out who I was and who God wanted me to become.
This next video is a compilation of LDS Family members and allies of LGBT people. It too helped me during many dark times when I was still closeted and scared of other people knowing about me.
As I watched more of these videos, they continued to help me understand myself as I learned about other people's experiences both similar and different from mine. All in all, I received a lot of support and help through the Far Between Project. I have grown and continue to grow each and everyday, and I have the many people in these videos to thank for their courage and love in sharing their stories. I am incredibly grateful and indebted to each and everyone of you.
The culmination of these years of videos and work have come down to a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make the Far Between Movie. The Kickstarter video is below.
I hope with all my heart that this new documentary can help change the discussion about Mormonism and being LGBTQIA. I hope that through these unfiltered views and experiences which come from all sides that a conversation can be started. The conversation is already starting and in a lot of cases it has devolved into shouting matches between two camps. This animosity has left a lot of the vulnerable in the middle and very sadly has led to many not being here today. It is my hope that this new documentary can help bring people together and hopefully bring us closer to where God wants all of us to be in regards to loving and understanding one another.
If you can donate, please do! If not, please share this Kickstarter campaign and together we may be able to catalyze a compassionate conversation that is so desperately needed. This is the link for the Kickstarter campaign and Far Between's website.