Interesting article here about a fairly young guy who was very out and proud and then had a religious experience and decided he was straight. It reads as a bit of a puzzle -- is he in denial and is actually still gay? Was he straight all along? Bi?
Hope that people can get to that, if not I will get some excerpts. I haven't found the whole thing online elsewhere yet, but this has a lot of the important parts:
At any rate, this is very, very close to an experience I had with a friend of mine. I met Annie at the housing co-op I used to live in. She was one of those textbook militant lesbians. She wore purple pretty much all the time, unapologetically fat, short dyed-black hair, funky glasses, doc martens. Very funny, very inappropriate. Large militant black girlfriend. Organized Take Back the Night marches and generally in your face. But sweet... I liked her a lot.
She moved out, we lost track of each other, and then maybe six years down the line I ran into her. She was the same size but was wearing some buttoned-up white shirt and black skirt and sensible shoes. Her hair and glasses were different. And she was carrying a goddamn bible. I couldn't believe it, and when we started talking I really thought she was kidding and that she was on her way to some sort of dress-up party or stand-up performance. But no, she was dead serious, as the hurt look on her face attested. I swallowed my grins and tried to listen for a bit. She'd found god. She deeply regretted the person she had been when we knew each other. She'd love to introduce me to the new her, to get to know each other again. Her new church was wonderful, would I like to attend their ____ on ____ night?
I made polite noises, we hugged, and parted ways again.
With her, I think there was a certain belongingness
that both groups offered, a difficult casting-off and then welcoming. I think that may have been part of the motivating factor in each situation (rejecting her conservative family and coming out, then rejecting her adopted queer community and being embraced by the church). I see some of that in Glatze's story too, especially with the early death of both of his parents.
I'm not sure where Annie ended up. I'm curious.