The Rev. Steve Heiss presided at his first same-sex marriage ceremony in a field in upstate New York on July 7, 2002. At the time, gay marriage was not legal in New York, and it remains illegal in the United Methodist Church.
The New Black follows six African-American faith leaders to explore how Black, faith, and LGBT communities intersected in Maryland's campaign for marriage equality, where the role of the Black church as the community's institutional pillar took on a whole new dynamic. The film is partnering with Tugg to bring The New Black to local theaters and churches for screenings, starting on National Coming Out Day October 11.
"Quiero romper todo estereotipo. Soy un caballero, un atleta y un profesional cuando me trepo al ring. Me siento muy contento con toda la gente que me está apoyando y estoy ansioso de convertirme en campeón para Puerto Rico y mi comunidad."