LGBT rights video: U.S. fundamentalist vs. African mom

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5AmaDyqW-I]

‘Faceoff’

The newly launched video “Faceoff over homosexuality” presents performances depicting the contrasting attitudes of a white American fundamentalist preacher and an African mother whose son is gay.

The video, produced by the activist media organization Global Dialogues with support from Netherlands-based advocacy group Hivos, is aimed are promoting dialogue about issues of LGBT rights.

It was unveiled this week on YouTube in conjunction with International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17.

In the video, the preacher, called  “Rev. Jimmy,” angrily proclaims:

Homosexuals do wrong unto God and to society and to the order of nature.

Same-sex attraction is wrong. It is not innate to anyone, as some would want you to believe. Homosexuality is a choice, a wrong choice, a disgusting choice by obscene, lewd sinners who only care about satisfying their lust, their desires.

While a plea for contributions scrolls across the screen, “Rev. Jimmy” forgets for a moment that he is in African rather than in the United States, stating that the “gay movement” is “a menace to our Amer… to our Christian values.”

In contrast, the mother gently states that her son is a hard-working young man, a loving son and brother who is respected by all, at least until they learn that he is gay.  She disputes the preacher’s theology, saying:

God is never wrong. He gave life to my son. He knew what he was doing.

I’ve known for a long time that he had no interest at all in girls. He has never traveled anywhere away from home. He doesn’t even have foreign friends here.

This did not come from elsewhere, as people would like to say.  This is how God made him, and he is beautiful.”

When he told me, he said that in this country only a madman would choose a lifestyle that is so obviously against his interests in so many ways.

My son is going to face so many problems because of the way society treats people like him.

See the full video in English by clicking here or on the image above.

In the near future, versions are planned dubbed into Kiswahili and subtitled in French and Portuguese, as well as dubbed French and Portuguese versions.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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  1. Somebody tell this man please that screaming at people is the wrong choice. His behaviour is disgusting, rude, obscene and he is clearly only trying to satisfy his primal lust and desire for anger.
    But this mother is beautiful beyond words.

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