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“The pastor would say things like ‘Muslims are going to hell, gay people are going to hell.’"

“The pastor would say things like ‘Muslims are going to hell, gay people are going to hell.’"

Needing money to escape to New York City, eighteen-year-old Vincent went to a blood donation centre. “I gave plasma to get some dollars,” he said. On 17 June last year, he got on a bus, leaving his small hometown in Ohio (population 3,000) with no plans to return. He left a note for his family, entrusting it to a friend. When the friend delivered the note, “they took her to the bus station to make her tell them where I was (she refused), and harassed her for several weeks. “My father tried to kill her.” * * * * * “A very conservative, mostly Baptist town,” was how Vincent described the place where he grew up. “The pastor would say things like ‘Muslims are going to hell, gay people are going to hell.’” Until he was 17, he never saw another LGBT person, though since middle school, he had some difficulty identifying as heterosexual. The first LGBT one he met (at 17) identifie...

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