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Rev. Dr. Gilbert H. Caldwell Passes

By Charlotte Robinson, September 06, 2020
Rev. Dr. Gilbert Caldwell was an unstoppable force for justice. He was also co-executive producer & co-principal for the documentary "From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?" & a retired United Methodist pastor, Civil Rights Movement foot soldier & LGBTQ ally. Marilyn Bennett, Director of "From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet?" stated, “Gil & I started our journey together while working together to change the anti-LGBTQ policies & practices of the United Methodist Church, including being arrested during a peaceful protest at the denomination’s 2000 General Conference in Cleveland, OH. In 2003 we engaged in a conversation between Gil, an older black, non-LGBTQ, retired pastor & Civil Rights Movement foot soldier & myself, a younger white, lesbian, author & activist. Our dialogue via letters addressed racial & LGBTQ topics, which led us to founding Truth in Progress. The documentary From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? was released in 2016. What started as an exploration of the past & present Civil Rights Movement & the LGBT equality movement soon brought us to the stories of those who live in the intersection of these identities. For the past four years Gil & I have had the honor to travel to screenings throughout the country & engage with local activist organizations to continue the fight. At every stop, Gil inspired & empowered audiences with his keen, engaging, humor & intelligence… I believe he is now in the presence of the Divine, has exchanged his cane & freed both hands one for the Bible & the other for today’s New York Times. You have broken our hearts Gil with your departure but not our spirits. No, we are still here & will move justice forward with your presence ever near.”
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