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There's something I've been wanting to tell you for a while. I am a L-L-L-L- awrence Welk fan.

I am the woman who lost herself but now is found, the lesbian, outside the law of church and man, the one who has to love herself or die. If you are not as strong as I am, what will we make together? I am all muscle and wounded desire, and I need to know how strong we both can be.
As the university's pastor and preacher, as a Christian, and as a homosexual, I decided to reclaim by proclaiming a vision of the gospel that was inclusive rather than exclusive, and to do so as a Christian who was more than the sum of the parts of which I was made. I did so. I did so because I wanted all and sundry, but particularly these young homosexuals and their polemic antagonists, to see that there was more than one way to read the Bible and to understand the imperatives of the Christian faith.
I planned to tell my parents I was gay, and I expected they'd say that as far as they were concerned, I was still the best little boy in the world.
Unlike losing your virginity, coming out is something you can do over and over. Not because you want to bore the world to tears, but because there always seems to be a new audience to whom it remains, even today, unexpected.
I think one of the greatest things we have to do still is just to increase the ability of Americans who do not yet know that gays and lesbians are their fellow Americans in every sense of the word to feel that way.
In Czechoslovakia they call male homosexuals "warm people," which is not as nice as it sounds, and I don't even think they have a word for lesbians. Women just don't come out of the closet. In Czechoslavakia they think that all lesbians are women who are so ugly they can't get a man. I tried to tell my parents it's a bit more complex than that.
The passion of debating ideas with women was an erotic passion for me, and the risking of self with women that was necessary in order to win some truth out of the lies of the past was also erotic.
Coming out has been described as an earthquake that shakes the world not only of the person coming out but of everyone around him or her. It has also been described as less a declaration of sexuality to the rest of the world than a personal act of self-love. It is, without a doubt, a discovery of self and a rite of passage that should be celebrated--not only because your daughter or son has taken this courageous step toward being her or his own person, but because you are being given an opportunity to do the same. Coming out is a gift.
I am both gay and conservative and don't find a contradiction. There shouldn't be any "shame" in being gay. Moreover, the conservative view, based as it is on the inherent rights of the individual over the state, is the logical political home of gay men and women. The conservative movement must reject the bigots and the hypocrites and provide a base for gays as well as others.
At some point I believe one has to stop holding back for fear of alienating some imaginary reader or real relative or friend, and come out with personal truth.

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