Marilyn and Gil in Chicago

Film and talk on gay rights, civil rights, and religion

Where do the Civil Rights movement, the gay rights movement, and religious belief intersect? Two members of Truth in Progress, a group creating conversations about race, sexual orientation/gender identity, and religion, will host a film screening and public talk at the Broadway United Methodist Church (3338 N. Broadway St.) at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 21.

Rev. Gil Caldwell, a straight African American prominent activist in the Civil Rights Movement and co-founder of Truth in Progress, will also preach at the church’s 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services. Everybody is welcome.

Truth in Progress founders Marilyn Bennett and Gil Caldwell will show portions of their documentary film, Truth in Progress, followed by a discussion by the audience. The film follows Caldwell, an 79-year-old Black straight minister, and Bennett, a 51-year-old lesbian writer, as they visit historic sites in the gay rights and Civil Rights movements and talk with activists, religious leaders, artists, scholars, and “people on the street.”

Caldwell and Bennett are especially looking at the powerful and varied ways that religion has figured in both movements—both as an organizing force and a venue for discrimination.

“The civil rights movement and the gay rights movement have different histories, different experiences, and quite different struggles,” Caldwell said. “But the fight for equal rights is always the same fight.”

The July 21 event is free and open to the public.