This Is What Love In Action Looks Like

Sunday, May 20, 2012 @11:30am
Director Morgan Jon Fox in attendance

In the summer of 2005, a16-year old boy named Zach in Memphis, Tenn. came out to his
parents. Within days, he posted on his MySpace blog, “Today, my mother, father and I had
a very long ‘talk‘ in my room where they let me know I am to apply for a fundamentalist
Christian program for gays.”

Zach’s parents were sending him to Love in Action, a program that refers to homosexuality
as an addictive behavior and claims to turn gay teens straight. But before Zach got there,
his despairing posts on the Internet quickly spread from his friends, to the local community,
to the nation. In a remarkably short time, daily protests were organized outside the campus
of Love in Action. This Is What Love in Action Looks Like follows the inspirational story of

Zach’s local community standing up for their friend in what would become an international
news story. Former Love in Action director John Smid as well as former adult and teenage
clients share their reflections on these experiences. In addition, local bloggers, community
activists and classmates of Zach tell their stories of becoming involved. By the time Zach
emerged in late July 2005, there was a barrage of headlines in the international press,
including Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times, Time magazine and The
Advocate. And yes, the story has a happy ending!

This Is What Love in Action Looks Like: Dir Morgan Jon Fox 2010 USA 70 min.

Community Partners: Portland PFLAG, The Living Room, SMYRC