Cinema Diverse: The LGBTQ Palm Springs Film Festival announces its opening night feature: FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO. [View Trailer Here]. The film screens September 19, 2019, 7:30 pm in the Historic Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262. 

Over the past few years, there’s been a great deal of progress towards fairness for LGBTQ people. Since marriage equality became the law of the land in 2015, however, the backlash from the right has been swift and severe. They have launched an effective, new, state-by-state campaign to limit the rights of America’s LGBTQ citizens across the country. 

FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO takes us on a journey of understanding what connects us all. By telling the stories of families caught up in this conflict and informed by the wisdom of a number of religious and constitutional thinkers it shows the way forward through lovereconciliation, and acceptance.

The film features four families:

The McBride Family

Life-long Presbyterians, David & Sally McBride were shocked when their youngest boy came out to them as a transgender woman.

The Porcher Family

Coleen & Harold Porcher, a mixed-race couple whose child endured self-harm before their parents’ acceptance enabled them to come to terms with their gender identity.

The Baez-Febo Family

Victor Baez & Annette Febo, whose Catholic tradition and Puerto Rican upbringing greatly concerned their gay son, Vico.

The Robertson Family

Linda & Rob Robertson were encouraged by their evangelical church to put their 12 year-old son, Ryan, in conversion therapy.

Special Guest- Reverend Dr. Mel White

Reverend Dr. Mel White- featured in the film will be special guest for the evening. Winner of the ACLU’s National Civil Liberties Award, the Rev. Dr. Mel White served the Christian community for thirty years as a pastor, professor, author, filmmaker, and ghost writer to some of the nation’s most powerful religious figures. After a thirty-year struggle to “overcome his homosexuality” (through various therapies” from exorcism to electric shock), White finally accepted his sexual orientation as “a gift from God.”

For the past twenty-five years, Dr. White and his partner, Gary Nixon, have traveled across America, speaking, organizing, lobbying, and protesting injustice. In writing his bestselling autobiography, Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian In America, Dr. White “came out” of his closet to bring hope and healing to his GLBTQ sisters and brothers and to begin his own justice ministry on their behalf.

[View Trailer Here]

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