2009 Gay Pride Parade Video 2 of 11

This is the first interview I conducted at the Parade. As soon as I got there I saw a group of people wearing purple shirts with the transgender logo on them (you’ll see the logo in the video). None of the people in the shirts “looked” transgender, so I went up to them and asked what they were walking for. It turns out that they were parents who have transgender kids. Two of these parents were more than happy to be interviewed on camera, and here are their thoughts on two questions:

1. What would you like to say to the Church as a parent of a transgender kid

and

2. What can the Church do to tangibly serve your transgender kid?

Notice that when the dad is talking, he’s eyes are welling up because he’s fighting back some major tears. In talking to him off camera he got very emotional as this was his first parade—he’s just trying to learn to live and love amidst everything going on in his, and his child’s life.

Much love.
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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • djsybear

    Wow! Great videos, Andrew. I'm totally looking forward to the rest of the series.

    As a member of the broader GLBT community, this video captures an aspect of gay pride I wish everybody could see more of: advocacy in action. That you're willing to do that in the context of conversation is exciting and inspired. Thanks!

  • Beth

    How exciting to see bridges being built. Thank you for helping those of us who are not in daily communication with the GLBT community. Great videos.

  • just joe

    Andrew: you are awesome man… I love your heart. I am straight and happily married 35 years, but I have been trying to do what you are doing, not only with gays, but with unbelieving secular young people in general, and it gets very lonely — I have found few other people who are willing to immerse themselves among the people God loves… your example has encouraged me to live my life among unchurched (and gay) people with love as my orientation.

    I have developed some good friendships with some wonderful gay people on the university campus but I always had some inner tension about how to resolve my own inner conflicts and how to answer their questions honestly. Your chapter on the 5 questions that are conversation stoppers really helped me to think it through and resolve those issues. I hope that I will be a better representative of agape love now to the GLTB community as well as other unchurched secular people.

    a big "thank you" for who you are.

  • Andrew Marin

    One of the most important things that I have found is, as simple as it is, people just recognizing this movement as paramount to Christ's work in this world – here, now, today. Thanks for all of your words and encouragments, and I look forward to doing this thing together! Much love. Oh, one other thought – the best icebreaker to this conversation is to go somewhere you don't belong. There is nothing better than sticking out like a sore thumb. :)

  • Jeff S.

    Andy, I'm going to go through these videos slowly, because so far the tears just start to flow with each one as I reflect on the people who have been hurt, as I reflect on some of my own experience, and as I reflect on the families of those who have been hurt. I am challenged to keep pressing on and to go where the church typically doesn't go. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.


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