Just When We Need It Most, Film Speaks to Us with the Voice of Progress and Poetry

As the storm rages all around us, it helps to remember how far we have come.

Back in 1998, a young filmmaker named Tim Kirkman made a movie called Dear Jesse, a documentary in the style of an open letter to legendary Senator Jesse Helms. In it, Tim, an openly gay man, compares and contrasts himself to Jesse, who famously opposed gay rights. The film debuted on HBO, and Tim was nominated for an Emmy.