I want to join a conservative Christian Church which promotes abstinence and prayer as a solution to homosexuality. However, I do so with a degree of guilt [my motivations are suspect]. I delayed coming out until I had left the house at 19. Coming from a strict clergy family, my parents were devastated and broken by the news. Over the subsequent months my mother suffered a nervous breakdown and my father put on a great deal of weight and receives regular counseling. However, it is not to appease them and their fears of promiscuity, AIDS and eternal suffering that I have decided to return to Church, but for a man. I have fallen for a closeted gay man within the ranks of the Church. It is with Catholic guilt that I have decided to approach him, strike up a friendship and make my intentions known. Am I a sinner?
The bell rang, and my government teacher closed the door and walked along the front of the classroom. "Mister Hanley," he said. His salutation was followed by an ellipsis, which was clearly audible in the pregnant pause that followed. He paced across the front of the class room giving me just enough time to wonder why he [...]
I’ve always known that I was gay. Well before I had even heard the word, or knew its full implications. I never believed it to be wrong, how could love be so? But growing up in a small country town with a combination of conservative Catholic parents and religious schooling, I knew it was a difference [...]