My parents can't handle the fact that I'm gay, and we'll never agree on religion. But I've found acceptance anyway. BY AARON HARTZLER
Note: I went to high school with Aaron at a ultra-conservative, private religious school. I can't say that I knew him very well, but we did spend a bit of time traveling and singing in a small choral group together. I knew his younger brother Josh better, as I played soccer with him. His autobiographical book "Rapture Practice" (Little, Brown) will be coming out this next month in which he relates his personal story of growing up gay in the middle of the United States, in a conservative religious family, attending a fundamental Baptist private school.
I appreciate this article and can relate to it in so many different ways. We all come from somewhere. We all become who we are. He continues to be an inspiration to me. Thank you, Aaron. Your words and story matter, more than you might ever know.