Don Lemon on Coming Out

CNN anchor Don Lemon came out at age 45 in his book Transparent.


Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts came out in the 1980s, but now the movie is making a comeback. A recent slate article states: “Laura Karpman first saw Desert Hearts while a graduate student at Juilliard. Now an accomplished film composer (Underground, Paris Can Wait) and Motion Picture Academy Governor, she keenly remembers the experience of that first viewing. ‘It was life-changing,’ Karpman says. ‘I was living with a woman, but we were both kind of in the closet. I saw it with her. I remember wearing tight Guess jeans. It was the first time I had ever seen anything like that. I almost had to look away and yet I couldn’t stop watching.’ For Karpman, that paradox is a sign that a movie was groundbreaking. ‘As we look to really bring equality to Hollywood, we see how important it is to see images of ourselves on the screen. Recently when I saw Wonder Woman, I had the same reaction: I didn’t know how much I needed to see what I saw.'”

Queerology Podcasts

Queerology was started by Matthias Roberts to help “LGBTQ people of faith understand they’re not alone so they can live confident and fulfilling lives.” The site features podcasts interviews of LGBTQ people of faith. Matthias also blogs and has a video channel on YouTube. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology and Culture and is currently completing a second Master’s in Counseling Psychology. In the video below, he talks about Brené Brown and the reality that we will sometimes make people uncomfortable.

Meet Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim who was born in Kampala, Uganda to an Indian father and Egyptian mother. She is an author and speaker seeking to restore Islam to its principles of justice. But she also hopes to invite all people into a movement through her Moral Courage Project. Manji married her partner, Laura Albano in 2016. In the video below she speaks on moving from polarization to conversation.

See also this interview with Voice of America about Islam. She states: “Faith is secure enough to handle questions. Faith never needs to be threatened by questions. Dogma, on the other hand, is always threatened by questions.”