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Grandma’s Dementia Made Her Forget Her Homophobia

After watching how my family treated my lesbian mom, I assumed it would all repeat when I came out. But as my grandma’s memory faded, her disapproval of gay people vanished too.

The Redemption of the Secret Love Child

Fifty years after my mother slept with her married boss and got pregnant with me, I’m coming out of hiding.

My Teenage Rebellion Was Fundamentalist Christianity

While other girls my age were sneaking off with boys and getting drunk, I was becoming a zealot—and trying to convert my parents.

My Strange Adventure With the Devoted Followers of Dr. Lovewisdom

I always thought my mother's spiritual seeking was silly. So I almost couldn't believe it when a wacky new age community helped me cope with her death.

The Holiness and Heartbreak of a Nonbinary Pastor

I was a Disney Channel child actor from a staunchly Atheist family. Now I’m a genderqueer minister in America’s heartland.

My Coming Out Story, Starring a Priest, an Animal Sacrifice and Ricky Martin

Convinced a demon was making me gay, my mother turned to exorcism. Years later, her pop idol finally helped her understand.

I Faked Epilepsy as a Child to Get Attention

I thought I was just a liar, but years later a therapist explained a deeper reason for what I'd done.

My Husband Doesn’t Want Me to Be a Firefighter

I always dreamed of helping people, but I put it all on hold to raise my kids. Now that I've found my calling, I'm facing upheaval at home.

How Treating People With Brain Injuries Helped Me Forgive My Mother

After a lifetime of resentment, working with other T.B.I. patients finally helped me understand the riddle that is my mother's mind.