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"Out Of Order" Screens at Outfest 2017

Valerie Milano (Photo: THT)

By Valerie Milano

West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/11/17 – On the evening of Monday, July 10th, 2017 beginning at 7:15 p.m. Outfest hosted a screening of the 60-minute 2016 documentary “Out Of Order” directed by Amanda Bluglass.  “Out Of Order” was preceded by the eight-minute short “The Real Thing” directed by Brandon Kelley.  Both films were screened at the DGA 2 theater at the Directors Guild of America located at 7920 West Sunset Boulevard.


Despite recent legal victories, many LGBTQ parishioners still feel unwelcome in their own churches.  This illuminating documentary follows lesbian, gay, and trans Christians as they overcome institutional and personal bias within the faith to become leaders in their churches.  Its anticipated release date is Spring 2018.

Out Of Order | Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival

This truly inspiring film follows the tribulations and triumphs of five remarkable young LGBTQ Presbyterian reverends: Mieke Vandersall, Bertram Johnson, Alex McNeill, John Russell Stanger, and Kate LeFranc.  Their biographies are full of firsts.


Vandersall, for example, was one of the first openly queer people ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Johnson was the first openly gay African American to be ordained in the PC (USA).  McNeill was the first out lesbian pursuing ordination in his committee in 2005 before transitioning from female to male, when he went on to set many other records as a transgender minister.

“Out of Order” panel after screening

McNeill managed to gain a great deal of respect even from parishioners who didn’t vote for his ordination.  His appearance on the DGA 2 stage after the film along with director Blugrass won him yet another round of applause.

“Out of Order” offers audiences a glimpse into what it looks like to navigate the reality of lived sexual identity as a person of faith within a culture struggling to cope with change in key areas such as marriage equality.  The unique experiences of these five pastors have clearly equipped them to address the universal human conflicts associated with sexuality and the church with rare sensitivity and insight.

Mieke Vandersall, Bertram Johnson and Amanda Bluglass at The Riverside Church in the City of New York

Many LGBTQ people feel that Christianity has abandoned them.  Progressive Presbyterian leaders like these give hope for greater inclusiveness and integration.


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