Season 16, Episode 9 Family Fundamentals
First Aired: August 26, 2003
In “Family Fundamentals,” filmmaker Arthur Dong explores the relationships two gay men and a lesbian have with their religiously conservative families. Kathleen Jester's mother, a Pentacostalist, founded a ministry in San Diego for the parents of children who have “become” gay, while Brett Matthews, a former Air Force officer, is the son of a Mormon bishop in Utah. Brian Bennett, a gay Catholic and a Republican Party activist in California, doesn't discuss problems with his own family, but with his “surrogate father” (and long-time boss), former congressman Robert Dornan, an outspoken opponent of gay rights.
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- Premiered: July 5, 1988
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