1: The Curse
"Chapter One" of I Was a 20th Century Lesbian, The Curse, explores the uncomfortable relationship between gays and god. I know a lot about both, having been raised in a Christian Protestant church, “born again” in adolescence, and rejected from that fundamentalist community when I came out as gay. These pieces are mostly about that period of rejection, before I found a community of people like me.
There are an enormous number of people—and I am one of them—whose native religion, for better or worse, is Christianity. We were born to it; we began to learn about it before we became conscious; it is, whatever we think of it, an intimate belonging of our being; it informs our consciousness, our language, our dreams. ~ Wendell Berry