Being gay in a small town
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Often I suspect gay people who've grown up in more cosmopolitan countries, urban areas or were just lucky can forget how different it is for gay men and women who grow up in America's small towns. Little communities where there's less privacy, vastly more smugness and nonconformity carries a greater penalty.
Gay men in cities pat themselves on the back because they listen to a minor band and pretend they are new Rimbauds. Less lucky queers may be more likely to be condemned, beaten, even murdered if they want to let their sexuality express itself. Even now in a wealthy country that preens itself on too many things to list.
The article has many quotes from the land of Bible-thumpers. Homophobia can take a more vicious turn in the thousands of forgotten crossroads where the New York Times hasn't been heard of much less read. There are enough of them to elect a beady-eyed halfwit president and make a gay person's self-discovery, self-exploration, self-expression a fearful series of hurts.
Gay and lesbian teens in rural areas are more likely to be in the closet than their urban counterparts. And they may be lacking the resources to help them come out. ...
Since rural teens are less likely to disclose their homosexuality, they are less likely to encounter positive gay role models, Kutrona said.