In lieu of the annual Human Rights Breakfast, the CCHRC is trying out an alternative format this year and instead holding a Sunday afternoon tea.
On Sunday, December 9th from 2-3:30 at First Parish, the CCHRC is excited to sponsor a free screening of a powerful educational and entertaining film, “Wild and Precious”, written, acted, directed and produced by Concordian Steve Cadwell. His personal journey as a gay person growing up in Vermont is the inspiration for this film. Being gay and “coming out” is a daunting challenge even in the best of circumstances. Though many gay women and men are “out” to friends and family, the wider society has little insight into the myriad and subtle struggles they endure. Filled with grace, humor and song, poetry and dance, Steve takes us on his 60 year journey from an effeminate farm boy, discovering his sexuality as a teen, closeted in pain and doubt for years during college, inspired by Stonewall, then crushed by the AIDS epidemic, until finally finding freedom, hope and love to marry and start a family in Massachusetts. This touching story evokes tears and laughter as it threads through childhood struggles, homophobic attitudes, sexual abuse, shameful “conversion therapy”, innocence lost and wisdom gained; each personal step reflecting wonderfully our national LGBTQ journey to more Civil Rights. After the film, Steve Cadwell will be available for questions and discussion.