"I had a lot of dreams for this film, but I didn’t even dream this big. I didn’t even know this was possible, from the White House to receiving a GLAAD Media Award nomination. Everything that I am, I am the example of the impossible being possible. In the film, there is young woman named Hannah — she is magnetic and truly had an impact on me. When I met her, I could tell she was trying to figure me out — trying to figure out if she could trust me because when someone is marginalized, disenfranchised, and an outsider, anyone could be a predator. But Hannah and I connected. She told me her story, and after the cameras stopped rolling, she said to me, 'I didn't think I would live through this.' That line hit me in my soul, because I felt my own past rising up. Being a young boy growing up in an oppressive and racist environment in Washington State, then moving to west Philadelphia, knowing I was an embarrassment to my father because he hated that I was gay. I wasn’t 'man' enough. I wasn’t a 'black man' enough. I remember watching the documentary Paris Is Burning and seeing this beautiful, bold drag queen named Dorian Corey saying, 'If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.' I was obsessed with storytelling, revealing the narratives of people who are ignored or silenced. But never did I dream I would shoot an arrow so high that it would bring me to the all the places Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church has taken me. All of my identities are my strengths, and I am grateful for every fiber of who I am."
Through emotional and deeply honest storytelling, Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church boldly tackles the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and religion. The film earned a 2016 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Digital Journalism and was featured at the White House during this year's Black History Month. Buy Outfest tickets to the film Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church here.