Excellent piece of writing, Dorian.
Your experiences mirror my own in so many ways. You reinforce for me the harm done to people, and especially to young people, by the systemic homophobic bigotry that’s so engrained in so much of our culture.
Live Oak could be so many different towns across the United States. Your experience (and my very similar one) is so very and tragically common.
Telling our stories is an important part of fighting back.
Thanks for telling yours.