Religion & Sexuality | First Person #17 | PBS Digital Studios


In Ep 17 of PBS Digital Studio’s First Person, host Kristin Russo talks with the Reverend Broderick Greer. As an openly gay clergyman, Rev. Greer uses his unique perspective to bring two long-estranged communities — the church and the LGBTQ community — closer together.
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Organized religion often has a reputation as being an unsafe space for LGBTQ individuals, marked by a torrid history as well as generations of outspokenly anti-gay religious figures dominating mainstream media’s religious coverage. As a result, many LGBTQ individuals distance themselves from the religion they were raised with when they come out, either by choice or by force. But what happens when a self-identified gay man chooses to publicly commit to his religious faith despite the church’s anti-gay image? Broderick Greer is currently pursuing a career in the Episcopal church and uses his unique position to preach church diversification and modernization as well as to promote the importance of faith within the LGBTQ community.
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Special thanks to Bradford Greer, Lynn Brewster and The Church of St. Luke in the Fields.
Shot on location at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, an Episcopal Parish located at 487 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014. The Church of St. Luke in the Fields is a lively, inclusive parish located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village. All are Welcome! Learn more at
Additional Music: “Peace Setting” by Podington Bear via Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC
Executive Producers: Daniel B. Greenberg & Joe Harrell
Host and Producer: Kristin Russo
Producer, Director: Meredith Heil
Camera 1: Eric Olson
Camera 2: Ariel Min
Sound: Chie Miyajima
Editor: Steve W. Thompson
Mixed at Nice Manners by Joanna Katcher.
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Date: December 14, 2017

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