Some of the more impressive sections showed the sisters fighting for better prison conditions for people incarcerated and against deportation of undocumented individuals. These woman are not the least bit coy in their advocacy on lots of controversial issues.
However, there was nothing said or shown related to LGBT matters either within the church or society, and none of the women who registered on my gaydar discuss their sexual orientation. I contacted Fishman to express my admiration for her documentary and asking questions about why gay and lesbian issues and out people were omitted. Fishman replied:
The sisters in the film express their support for diversity, and by extension, LGBT people, and that is what is relevant to the film.
In my response to Fishman, I noted that I've not seen or heard of "In Good Conscience", and that it would have deepened the impact of "Band of Sisters" if a simple acknowledgement about the out lesbians were included, regardless of that other doc.
Regarding why the sisters should come out, well, Fishman herself gives the answer in reaffirming that the film is about their transformation after Vatican II, a transformation that included stepping out of the closet.
The fight for queer visibility is a constant still-with-us dynamic, even with all the advances in recent years and I was reminded of this two-weeks back when the Bradley Manning Support Network was soliciting money for a full-page ad in the New York Times and his gayness was not mentioned.
Our LGBT stories need to be told over and over, and our lives and social activism work made abundantly visible at all times.