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At the age of ten, Terry had embraced the Witnesses' prediction that...
At the age of ten, Terry had embraced the Witnesses' prediction that the world will come to an end in 1975 and was preparing for Armageddon. As an adolescent, he prayed for God to strip away his growing attraction to other young men. But by adulthood, Terry found himself no longer believing in the promised apocalypse. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, he left the Witness religion behind and became a cowboy, riding bulls in the rodeo. He overcame the hurdles of parental abuse, religious extremism, and homophobia and learned that Truth is a concept of honesty rather than false righteousness, a means to live a life openly, for Terry as a gay man.
Posted November 7, 2012
Without going into the details of his story, what really impressed me was the childlike honesty with which Terry expressed himself. How much he took for granted that the way he was treated was not unusual. It just struck me that he could endure all that and not end up vindictive in his portrayal of "Fluffy", the classic wicked stepmother. His descriptions transcend sexual orientation or religion to paint a portrait of, not just survival, but he ability to thrive in spite of what happens to us. Truly and inspiring read for everyone!
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