In 2012, Maryland voted to approve same-sex marriage, making it the eighth US state to recognize gay and lesbian couples. On July 22nd, JUDAH Fellowship Christian Church and New Voices Pittsburgh will look back on the landmark decision with The New Black, a film that chronicles the fight for gay marriage in Maryland and how it relates to tensions in the African-American community at large.
Directed by Yoruba Richen, The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets to capture the historic struggle to win marriage equality in Maryland. The award-winning film looks at how African-Americans are grappling with gay rights – a divisive issue within the black community – in light of the recent gay marriage movement. It follows activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage, examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar (the black church), and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
The New Black will screen at 6 p.m. at JUDAH Fellowship Christian Church. Admission is free.