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What happens when a filmmaker, a rabbi, two pastors and some gays get together? Dialogue, of course, and that’s exactly what Georgia Equality had in mind.

imageThe organization gathered the diverse group on Sunday to commemorate National Coming Out Day and create an event around the day’s theme of “Coming Out Spiritually.”

First, there was a screening of the powerful documentary “Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue of Hope” at 14th Street Playhouse. Then a discussion with the audience that included filmmaker Mike Ramsdell (top photo) and local clergy Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim, Rev. Bradley Schmeling of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Rev. Maressa Penderman of Unity Fellowship Church.

And like any good gay event, the evening closed with a reception at a bar (and restaurant). This one just a few blocks south of the theater on Juniper Street at Einstein’s.

National Coming Out Day commemorates the 1987 march on Washington, D.C., when an esitmated half-million people gathered in support of LGBT rights.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the reception.

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