All God’s Children

All God’s Children

All God’s Children presents a political, social, and religious analysis of sexual orientation within the context of the traditional African American values of freedom, inclusion, and the Christian ethic.

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Overview | Awards | Film Credits | Discussion GuideAll God's Children Image


Through the voices of politicians, religious leaders, academics, family members, and activists, All God’s Children vividly illustrates the human toll exacted upon society by the unspoken stigmatization and alienation of lesbians and gay men.

Interwoven with music, the intricately layered stories unfold on the screen creating a tapestry with the theme of spiritual understanding. Respected religious and political leaders Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. James Forbes, Rev. Carol L. Murray, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Carol Moseley-Braun, Mayor Ken Reeves, and Cornel West call for spiritual reconciliation and a commitment to equal rights and social justice for all people.

This film is part of the Unlearning Homophobia series.

Format: VHS/DVD – purchase this film
Year: 1996
Running Time: 26 minutes


  • Best Documentary, 1996 National Black Arts Film Festival
  • Best Film on Matters Relating to the “Black Experience”, 1996 Black International Cinema Competition
  • Special Merit Award, 1996 National Black Programming Consortium
  • Prized Pieces Film and Video Competition
  • Apple Award, 1997 National Educational Media Network
  • Lambda Liberty Award, 1997 Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Screening Honoree, 1997-1998 Council on Foundations Film Festival Series
  • Jury’s Choice Award, University of Oregon Queer Film Festival


Film Credits

A Woman Vision Production in association with The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and The National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum.

  • Producer and Director: Dr. Dee Mosbacher & Frances Reid and Dr. Sylvia Rhue
  • Editor: Lori Szybist
  • Cinematography: Frances Reid


Discussion Guide

All God’s Children: A Discussion Guide written by Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D., and Linda Alband

All God’s Children was produced to facilitate discussions on:

  • homophobia and heterosexism
  • race equity
  • AIDS and the role of the church
  • social justice
  • lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in history
  • constructs of heterosexism and heterosexual privilege
  • sexual orientation
  • cultural diversity
  • familial and community ties
  • spiritual issues among gay people


This guide provides a framework upon which to base discussions, and the Appendix provides a list of recommended resources for those who wish to delve further into the issues touched upon in All God’s Children.

Content Highlights:

  • Gays and Lesbians and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Connecting the Dots: Oppression and Discrimination
  • Stereotypes and Similarities: African Americans and Homosexuals
  • Proof-Texting: Homosexuality and Religious Beliefs
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Issues
  • Why Are Gay Rights Important to Heterosexual Americans?
  • Attacks on Gay Rights
  • Equal Rights vs. Special Rights


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