I remember the fear of being ostracized by my high school classmates, or worse, ending up dead in a ditch and my community being utterly apathetic. Join HuffPost Plus. Just as his character in the book, Redmond's ability to come to terms with his own sexuality, he said, was often stifled by Vincennes' conservative values. Sign Up Today. These public displays of queer acceptance and solidarity are so important in shifting those oppressed stories.
Redmond's own book is set in the fictional town of Fort Sackville, Indiana.
The irony of my story is that God answered my prayer that Friday afternoon in the Old Cathedral. Sign Up. However, those few vitriolic voices were drowned out by an overwhelming live local and social media response from the community and the nation: They thanked her for bringing people like them together.