With his video for the song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, Lil Nas X took the world by storm and caught the attention of both fans and critics alike with a mix of religious, sexual, and mythological imagery. What messages of challenge and empowerment can be found in the references, images, and symbols Lil Nas X chose for his video? What did the world’s reaction say about the ways LGBTQ people respond to religious harm? What’s happened since the song came out? Join us to learn more and discuss!
Rev. Ashley DeTar Birt is the Program Coordinator for Beloved Arise and the Co-Director of the Center for Jubilee Practice. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has served as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader, Director of Christian Education, and Youth Pastor. Her work focuses on children and youth, social justice, artistic creativity, and technology. She also serves as the co-moderator of More Light Presbyterians. She currently lives in the Bronx with her wife who is also a pastor.
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