News Articles

Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens

Kings, Queens & In-Betweens

Faith UMC became a Reconciling Congregation in March 2011.  Many of us know gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or trans individuals.  We've learned about sexual orientation and gender identity.  But when we hear "drag" we may think "That's something that happens on Hennepin Avenue, I don't think I'm interested in 'going there'."  The Faith Outreach Committee is offering you a chance to "go there".  "Kings, Queens & In-Betweens" is a documentary film about gender, identity and humanity.  This happens through the compelling stories of eight drag performers and their troupes, located in Columbus, Ohio.  The performers talk about their gender identity, sexual orientation, how they came to drag and why they like performing drag.  In addition to the interviews, there is footage of them preparing for drag performances and clips of performances.  One of the interviewees said "Freedom of drag - I don't have to be a man, I don't have to be a woman, I can just be...me."  
 
If would like to open a window into your understanding of gender, please join us in the following ways:
  • For a "taste" of the film, view the 2 minute trailer:   https://youtu.be/3nBULq8d-jQ
  • View the 90 minute film (the Outreach Committee is funding this, there is no cost for you). The film will be available from January 17-Feburary 6.  Email Judy Jerde (jaj[at]hopefultravelers.net) to receive a link and password to view the film.  Please allow 24 hours for Judy to reply.  
  • View film director, Gabrielle Burton's TEDx Talk on the film & its themes:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOkyc91eY90  This will be discussed at the January 17 9 a.m. Faith Forum.  Contact Judy Jerde (jaj[at]hopefultravelers.net) if you would like the Zoom link for this Faith Forum. 
  • After viewing the film, you are invited to join in Zoom conversations about gender, sex and sexuality.
    • Monday, February 1, 7-8 p.m. and Wednesday, February 3 7-8 p.m.  At each of these sessions, we will view and discuss a number of clips from the film (different clips each time).  You're encouraged to attend both sessions, but may attend only one session.
    • Tuesday, February 9, 1-2:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 pm view and discuss a subset of clips from the February 1 & 3 sessions.
    • Email Judy Jerde (jaj[at]hopefultravelers.net) with questions or to register for discussion session(s).
 
Please join us as we continue our journey to be a congregation that truly welcomes and affirms ALL!