First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood to Host Screening of Open Dialogues

Inter-denominational post-screening dialogue with Pastor Kennedy McGowan and Rabbi Alan Tuffs hosted by Todd Delmay

Wed., Sept. 22 | Reception begins at 6:30 pm | Screening at 7 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood 1530 Hollywood Blvd.

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood will present a live public screening and discussion of its documentary short film Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, located at 1530 Hollywood Blvd.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed at 7 p.m. with the screening and discussion of the 20-minute film in the church sanctuary. Todd Delmay of the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council will lead the interactive talk with First Presbyterian Pastor Kennedy McGowan and Temple Beth El Rabbi Alan Tuffs.

Completed in 2020, Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community captures the diverse coming-out narratives of seven Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews. The film was produced by the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, and was directed, photographed and edited by award-winning Miami-based filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez.

Open Dialogues reveals in intimate detail how the LGBTQ community is often marginalized within families, schools, churches and public spaces – and how individuals interviewed for the film learned to empower themselves in these spaces. The Broward residents who took part in on-camera interviews are Julie Marie Wade, Dan Bassett, Christine Walters, Omar Morales, Gary Keating, Franchesca D’Amore, and Michael Goodman.

This inter-denominational event will engage audience members in a discussion of how the faith-based community can better include and accept LGBTQ individuals here in Broward County.

“Our vision for our church is based on three words – invited, welcomed and loved,” Pastor McGowan said. “That’s what we feel God does. We want to give that to each and every person and have them feel that from us. This is one way for us to live out that vision for the LGBTQ community, which has not always been welcomed in the faith community.”

Pastor McGowan has served more than 25 years in Christian ministry, both here in South Florida and in Long Island, New York. First Presbyterian is among 21 Broward religious congregations who comprise Bold Justice, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that holds community leaders accountable to solve problems in Broward County. Rabbi Tuffs joined Temple Beth El of Hollywood in 1997, where he is committed to preserving Jewish tradition while remaining open to new ideas.