This Is What Love In Action Looks Like

This Is What Love In Action Looks Like

91 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Activism, Discrimination, Documentary, Parenting / Family, Religion / Spirituality, Youth
Program: Documentaries

Expected Guests: director Morgan Jon Fox

Growing up in a media culture that celebrates tolerance (or at least appears to), and raised on narratives of unconditional love, Zack Stark came out to his parents one day in high school, banking on their love and support. Instead, they announced their plans to send him off to Refuge, a teen centered ex-gay rehabilitation program operated by the Christian group Love In Action and designed to treat his perceived disorder.

Stricken, Zach began blogging about the program, capturing widespread attention online after posting the group’s by-laws, a series of rules so bizarre they recalled nothing so much as the camp classic But I’m a Cheerleader. By the day of his admission to the campus, outraged supporters and advocates had begun a protest at its Memphis location, which continued until its closure in 2007, bringing scrutiny to the ex-gay movement on a national level.

This insider doc testifies to the power of the internet to unite as well as destroy, and cautiously celebrates a small victory over the manufactured conflict between Christianity and homosexuality that ex-gay groups continue to exploit at the expense of the health, freedom, and mental welfare of their flock.

—JACKSON SCARLETT

Text Voting Codes:

Love Is All You Need?: S586
This Is What Love In Action Looks Like: D328

Co-presented by:

Metropolitan Community Church



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