When I came out, I rejected the church before it could reject me. But an unlikely friendship formed over cash-stuffed briefs showed me a new way to have faith.
While other girls my age were sneaking off with boys and getting drunk, I was becoming a zealot—and trying to convert my parents.
She was a rising star of the religious right, with fervent followers across the nation. When she filed for divorce, it all came crashing down.
Once a year, residents of this mountainous island gather at two churches on opposite ends of town and launch 100,000 handmade rockets — directly at each other.