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  •  What a horrible story! (none)
    Where did you stay after your mom kicked you out?  Did you have any friends or relatives to help you?

    When you couldn't get a real journalism job, there's Fox News.

    by The Truffle on Fri Feb 04, 2005 at 05:53:54 PM PST

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    •  Here and there (none)
      For the most part, my family was absent. Depending on who it was, they considered me sinful or too problematic or whatever the rationale was. They weren't really horrible people, just horribly unhealthy in a variety of ways, and as we say in the South, "ignernt". At one point a second cousin and one of my mom's ex-husbands did try to help me out but my mom made their lives so miserable for it that I couldn't handle the guilt and the ongoing drama so I just dropped out of sight.

      I was homeless for a few weeks, which usually amounted to sleeping in a nearby park, although occasionally I was able to score a couch or floor for the night. Eventually, my then-girlfriend found an older gay cousin who had split off from her family when he was young due to bigotry, and he let us both crash on his floor for a month or so until we got jobs and could afford a hole-in-the-wall apartment of our own. I'll always be grateful to him for that.

      Honestly, I think the most tragic aspect of the whole thing is that my story isn't uncommon among gay youth. Which, I suspect, is at least partially why so many of us (queers) are so passionate about our politics. We know the personal is political, and we know lives and futures depend on it.

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