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Young and Gay in the Bible Belt: ‘My Mom Came at Me With a Butcher Knife!’

Young and Gay in the Bible Belt: ‘My Mom Came at Me With a Butcher Knife!’
By Bernadette C. Barton
AlterNet. Posted April 15, 2009.

For many Bible Belt gays, “home” is not a haven from the outside world. Home may be more dangerous than the streets.

The crisis gay youth face in the Bible Belt struck home particularly hard for me this week while dining with members of a gay/straight alliance in a small Southern town.After asking the conversation-opener of the group — “So, would you like to all share your coming out stories with me?” — a young woman on my right named Angie* immediately burst out, “My mother came at me with a butcher knife!”

Stunned, I was trying to process this when a young woman to my left whispered, “You don’t want to hear my story, it’s too violent.” More violent than your mother attacking you with a butcher knife? How is that possible? What does that mean?

Young and Gay in the Bible Belt: ‘My Mom Came at Me With a Butcher Knife!’ | Sex and Relationships | AlterNet

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