One journalist explores the relationship between the LGBT community and the black church in a new documentary.
Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church is the film debut of journalist Clay Cane, who dives into the intersectionality of faith, sexuality, and gender. In heartfelt interviews with church members in Atlanta, Cane and BET discuss coming out and finding a place in a culture where the church plays such a significant role in everyday life.
In the opening, Cane discusses the long history and significance of faith in the black community as "a safe space during slavery, a refuge during Jim Crow" and "the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement" but questions what would happen to a person who is taught their existence is an abomination.
"The black church, which was once seen as a space of liberation is now being viewed by many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangender community as a space of oppression," he says.
Watch the full, one-hour documentary below.