Voices Heard

White House To Screen Documentary About Black Gays And The Church

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Clay Cane (right) interviews a lesbian couple in “Holler If You Hear Me”

In an act of truly awesome recognition that black LGBT people are also a part of black history, the White House will screen the groundbreaking documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church as a part of their Black History Month activities.

The documentary is a BET.com original written and directed by their out entertainment editor Clay Cane, and was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award:

Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church puts the narrative in the hands of Black LGBT people who are struggling with the intersections of sexuality, faith and race. The stories in the documentary are varied, passionate and inspiring.

Clay Cane, who created and produced the film, traveled to Atlanta, where church and LGBT culture cross paths like nowhere else, to dive into one of the most taboo topics in the Black community.

With extraordinary access and without judgment, Cane and BET.com tackle this controversial but important issue through the journeys of those who are living it everyday and whose stories prove we all deserve to be heard and loved.

Cane is obviously elated at the recognition:

“Having Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church at the White House for Black History Month is beyond a dream come true — it’s something I never could have dreamed of.

From the beginning, my intent was to give voice to the voiceless, to share the stories and truths of people who were silenced. For the voices of these LGBTQ black folks to be heard at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is incredible. I am so thankful for this opportunity.”

We got an opportunity to catch the doc at the premiere late last year, and it’s a moving and important film that features voices that aren’t typically heard in mainstream media.

Young LGBT blacks in the south are given the opportunity to tell their stories, and their experiences are a wakeup call to anyone who thinks the fight for equality is “over.”

You can check out the trailer below, and watch the documentary in its entirety here. We highly recommend you check it out.