October 19 – 20

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In the wake of Katrina and the levee failures, the Mennonite Central Committee was looking for boots on the ground to work in the rebuilding city, and Wendi Moore-O’Neal seemed like the perfect candidate: an activist and community organizer with roots in New Orleans. There was one problem: MCC policy requires its personnel to be celibate outside of heterosexual unions, and Wendi was in a committed same-sex partnership. In this diaristic film, Wendi looks back on the years she spent professionally closeted order to do good, her decision to come out to her superiors, and the discrimination case that she pursued to the federal level. Throughout, she finds refuge in freedom singing, her spiritual link to a tradition of struggle. -JK

#resist #eyeopening #lgbtq #inspiring

Community Partner: Junebug Productions