“Disciples” new documentary about 3 openly gay Mormons (I’m one of them)

As you may know, I’m in a new documentary called “Disciples.” It is now online and I’m posting here. It is a powerful film and I’m honored that I was able to be a part of it.

From the website:

“Disciples” explores the lives of three openly-gay ex-Mormons who all left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in pursuit of equality, sometimes at great personal cost. The film documents the unique experiences and challenges that gay men face in a religion that places a premium on so-called “traditional marriage.” The Mormon church, through its staunch support of Proposition 8 — California’s gay marriage ban — has demonstrated its inability to help gay mormons bridge the gap between their sexual identity and their belief system.
JMC437 Films presents
A production of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Executive Produced by John Booth
Produced by Desiree Salazar
Shot and edited by Alexander Rosen
Directed by Jordan Currier

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13 Comments
  • Chino Blanco
    December 15, 2010

    Just finished watching. Nice job! At some point it might be fun if you could grace us with a guest post at Main Street Plaza. At the very least, we need to get you added to our blogroll. Cheers!

  • Joned Rahadian
    December 15, 2010

    I’ve watched it. It’s a good documentary, Seth. U look more handsome on the video than on the picture. Hehehehe… :p

    It’s such a shame the Church didnt want to speak with the documentary creator. I bet they were afraid that they might say something wrong or different from the church leaders’ “divine” teaching.

    Anyway, have u ever had bad experience being openly gay? Like discrimination at works, bullying, etc. I’ve just had been discriminated by my co-workers.

    Thank you

  • Trevor
    December 15, 2010

    Thank you for sharing that video. I was glad to see they used people with differing family experiences.

    I think it would be interesting to get a perspective from active gay mormons too, but I understand that wasn’t the purpose of this video.

  • Chad Chase
    December 18, 2010

    Finally got a chance to view your movie. Very well done! I really enjoyed it. I am very proud of you guys! I’ve never had any “bad” experiences since I came out when I was 16 (or before then for that matter). Once a “bully-type” make a stupid “fag” comment to me in the hallway of high school, but all that happened was that everyone in the hallway heard it, stopped frozen and just glared at him! He never bothered me again, nor did anyone else.

    My parents were great…all they talked to me about was being prepared for the discrimination, name-calling, etc., which to this day has never happened.

    Although I feel fortunate for that, I think you guys are stronger for what you had to experience. Again, great job!!

  • J Seth Anderson
    December 20, 2010

    Thank you all. I appreciate your comments.

  • O-Mo
    January 14, 2011

    Biggest disappointment of this video (which I watched the other week when posted on another blog): when that Seth guy, my favorite interviewee, revealed he not only lives far away but is already with someone he seems committed to, and rightly so. Shucks. 😉 It was an interesting video and covered quite a bit of ground in a short time. I’d make a couple of edits (flow, reduce dramatic pauses, the music that starts when you say “he was so cute” that has a sort of ‘dirty’ feel and seems like something TBMs would insert when the gays start admitting to lustful thoughts *wink*), but I love that people put the work into making it and being interviewed for it, and I think it’s nicely done. So…thanks for being interviewed!

  • A. Omar Baltuth
    January 22, 2011

    The possessive pronoun “it” is “its”, not “it’s”.
    The contraction “it’s” is the same as “it is”.
    When you get either of those two words wrong it makes you look stupid and uneducated. I can tell that you’re (note: not “your”) a smart guy, so get these right in the future.

    Since you are, or were, a Mormon, I’m surprised you failed to uniformly capitalize that word. I’m a Mason, not a mason, which means that I am a guy who puts on a weird ceremonial apron at lodge meetings rather than than one who works with brick or stone.

    Grammar, spelling and punctuation make a difference.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Seth Anderson
      January 22, 2011

      That line was a cut and pasted from the film’s website. I did not write it, although I should have caught the error, but I did not. Thank you for pointing it out. I have corrected it.
      I am a self proclaimed grammar nerd and I know the rules of contractions including the difference between the possessive “your” and the contraction “you’re” and the difference between “their” (a pronoun) and “there” (a demonstrative pronoun or adverb, depending on how it is used) and “they’re” (another contraction, ‘You are’) and the simple “its” and “it’s.”

    • Tara
      January 24, 2011

      Also, what a douche bag comment to leave.

      Have you read any of the other posts on this site and noticed the lack of spelling, grammar or capitalization errors? Seth’s blog is incredibly intelligent, and I think we can forgive a typo here and there. Speaking as an editor, your attitude and condescending nature towards this thoughtful and otherwise perfect post bother me more than the incorrect usage of its versus it’s.

  • Bren Yule
    July 6, 2011

    Hi Seth…I applaud you for embracing who you are, and being a voice to be heard. You are destined to make a difference. I think you already have. Sing Songs, Plant Seeds (even metaphoric ones) and Scatter Joy. I hope you remember me; I am a dear friend of your Moms’…heartfelt hugs, Bren

    • Seth Anderson
      July 6, 2011

      Of course I remember you! Thank you, Bren. It’s good to hear from you :)

  • Dean Scott
    April 28, 2012

    Thoughtful and powerful – thanks for sharing.

  • google.com
    January 23, 2013

    Wonderful web site. A lot of helpful info here.
    I’m sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks to your sweat!

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