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Diversity Lecture Series opens Sept. 24 with film exploring Christianity and sexual orientation

BOONE—An Emmy award-winning documentary exploring the intersections between Christianity and sexual orientation opens the 2013-14 Diversity Lecture Series at Appalachian State University on Tuesday, Sept. 24. All series events are free and open to the public.

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“Coming Out ~ Coming In: Faith, Identity and Belonging” is a 30-minute film that gives voice to gay and lesbian Christians in North Carolina who have struggled to reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union.

The film was produced to serve as a catalyst for starting new and meaningful conversations among people of goodwill with different viewpoints. It received an Emmy Award for “Best Topical Documentary” in the Midsouth Region in 2010.

A panel will share impressions of the film as it relates to their own experience and take questions from the audience. Panel participants will include Appalachian’s Distinguished Professor of Theater Keith Martin, who was the film’s executive producer, campus ministry representatives, and area faith leaders. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance.

Other events in the 2013-14 Diversity Lecture Series are:

  • A lecture by Tim Wise on “Race in America” on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union
  • An interactive theatre performance of “Classism on College Campuses” by Theater Delta on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union
  • The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration: An Evening with Soledad O’Brien on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, co-sponsored by the University Forum Series.

The 2013-14 Diversity Lecture Series is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Development. For more information, contact Augusto Peña at or 262-6158.