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Born Equal has just received "Festival Director's Award" at the
Awaken! International Spiritual Film Festival
in Morristown, NJ - March 2013 www.awakenspiritualfilmfestival.org
Born Equal is a recent recipient of the "Award of Merit"
Award of Merit: http://accoladecompetition.org/?page_id=252
An earlier and short version of BORN EQUAL at the
Rochester ImageOut Film Festival:
A Documentary by Alan Smith and Tsvete Smith
Featured Songs "The Way" and "Ride On" by 2/3 Goat
THE PURPOSE BEHIND OUR DOCUMENTARY
IS TO EXPLORE THE ARGUMENTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE
THROUGH THE LENS OF RELIGIOUS, SCIENTIFIC, CULTURAL,
CIVIL AND LEGAL PARADIGMS.
A SPECTRUM OF STUDIES, OPINIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS
WILL BE REPRESENTED AND DISCUSSED.
WHAT ARE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL IMPLICATIONS
OF DENYING ANY GROUP OF PEOPLE TRUE EQUALITY?
IS GENDER A BLACK AND WHITE ISSUE?
ARE PEOPLE BORN GAY?
ARE FAMILIES WITH SAME SEX PARENTS DYSFUNCTIONAL?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE MARRIED?
WHAT DOES OUR ANCESTRAL MYTHOLOGY AND RELIGION TELL US ABOUT OUR
PAST BELIEFS AND THE PRESENT?
Kelly Smith and Rene Sugar
Married in Massachusets and Living in Rochester, NY
Board President, Marriage Equality New York
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Beth Simchat Torah, New York City
Reverend Dr. Donna Schaper
Judson Memorial Church, New York City
Reverend T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki
New York Buddhist Church
Historian/Archivist and Wiccan Priest of the Gardnerian Tradition
Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison
New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care
Dr. Jack Drescher, M.D.,
Psychiastrist and Psychoanalyst
Author, Pyschoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man
Dr. Dana Beyer
Ophthomological Surgeon with a Masters in Chemistry
Transgender Activist and Humanitarian
Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi
Sufi Order, Nur Ashki Jerrahi, New York City