Share Your Story of Compelling Love

“How can people connect with each other when their beliefs, values, and practices deeply differ, distress, and even offend each other?”

This question is the premise behind a documentary currently being filmed called Compelling Love. The film is about sexuality, gender identity, Christianity, and how people can love one another despite their differences.

The producers of this film will be in the Chicagoland area from June 5 – 8 filming people’s stories. They are looking for folks who are willing to share their journeys of faith and sexuality/gender identity. Several friends of The Marin Foundation have already signed up to be interviewed.

To see trailers and information about the film please go to:

If after looking at the trailer and information about the film you think you would like to be interviewed, please email Kurt Neale or Taylor Farman at

Here is the description of the film from their website:

How can people connect with each other when their beliefs, values, and practices deeply differ, distress, and even offend each other? This film is an attempt to shine light on that very question by allowing people to tell their personal stories regarding the concept of sexual identity.

Our purpose is to bring people together to create awareness, challenge stereotypes, initiate conversations, and most importantly, connect people in a way that goes beyond intolerance or tolerance, to something much deeper.

For many of us, it is the love of God as demonstrated through Jesus Christ that compels us to make this film. For others, it is the simple need recognized in all humanity, which transcends all barriers—love.

It is our hope that, through allowing people to open up about their personal experiences, this documentary can help people begin to make an honest evaluation of what others believe, and then connect with those people in honest, loving relationships, regardless of their differences.

This project invites us all to attempt to listen and learn about ourselves and others, and to ultimately respond to each other in an uncommon way—with Compelling Love.

Once completed, this documentary will be available online, free of charge.


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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( 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).