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.


About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation ( He is the award winning author of two books and a DVD curriculum, and his new book Us Versus Us: The Untold Story of Religion & the LGBT Community, will release June 2016. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and Christian involvement in reconciliation. He is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland where he is researching and teaching at the University of St. Andrews, earning his PhD in Divinity. His research focuses on the theology and praxis of social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).