A film by Alan B. Smith and Tsvete Smith
Additional music by Nathan Daniels
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 are discussed.
What are the constitutional and philosophical implications of denying any group of people true equality?
Are families with same-sex parents dysfunctional?
Is gender a black and white issue?
Are people born gay?
What does is mean to be married?
What does our ancestral mythology and religion tell us about our past beliefs and present?
BORN EQUAL will be available for Video on Demand on OUTtv! December 2015
The film will also be broadcast on TV in Canada and throughout Europe! Beginning in 2016!
An earlier short cut of BORN EQUAL at the Rochester ImageOut Film Festival
F E A T U R I N G
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.,
Psychiatrist 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
Rabbi David Ingber
Kehilat Romemu, New York City
Navajo LGBT Activist
Sociologist and Political Activist
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Also a special thank you to Mark Fisher Fitness for your support and participation in the film's original screening.