Gay, Evangelical, Christian (and Sometimes Afraid)

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I entered into Evangelical higher education at the age of 17. I went to a small, Baptist school in Alabama. I joined a sorority. On paper, I should have hated it. I absolutely loved it. I had never, ever thought of myself as anything but straight. Growing up, I had friends who identified as LGBTQ+ and I walked with them through some incredibly hard seasons of isolation. I was always an advocate and an…