Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chasing the Devil at ETSU

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG Tri-Cities) will be hosting a discussion of the film Chasing the Devil at 3pm on Sunday, November 16th at Ball Hall (Rm. 127) on ETSU’s campus. The discussion immediately following the film will last until approximately 5:30pm. Chasing the Devil is a documentary about the ex-gay movement and is one of the films presented by the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival.

PFLAG Tri-Cities invites the community to attend other LGBT films at the festival. Go to SOAPIFF for a review of the films.

PFLAG Tri-Cities exists to make our communities safer, affirming, and more inclusive of GLBT or questioning individuals.

Here is more about this film:

Chasing the Devil: Inside the Ex-Gay Movement – 102 min ( USA ) Directed by Mishara Canino and Bill Husung 3:00 p.m.

This documentary presents an unflinching look at the personal journeys of four people who claim to have changed their sexual orientation from gay to straight. Their stories mark the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed inside the ex-gay movement and provide an empathetic and at times devastating portrait of those who claim homosexuality is an illness that can be healed.

John Sterback is a member of the most politically incorrect subculture in America . He’s a self-described “ex-gay,” someone who claims to have changed his sexual orientation from gay to straight. Richard Cohen is John’s inspiration and represents the public face of the ex-gay movement while hiding his own controversial past. “Chasing the Devil” uncovers the truth behind the claims of the reparative therapists who attack gay identity as nothing more than a developmental disorder that can be fixed with a healthy dose of therapy and prayer. Joanne Highley and Peterson Toscano take viewers deeper inside the world of ex-gay ministries with their journeys inside New York City’s Life Ministry, where demons are believed to cause homosexuality and exorcisms are the preferred from of treatment.

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