Julia Jordan-Lake, I just wrote about isolation and loneliness for rural LGBTQ folks. I could have said “homesick,” like you did. The subtext running through my personal story, and one that only breathes through the lines of my piece, is that I’m living out here in the countryside with the people who used to be my people, but who no longer are.

I don’t know what the solution is, or if there is one. I was raised a Baptist, and I fondly recall VBS and all the rest. But unlike you, I gave up long ago ever being able to find that world again.

I don’t know if that’s good or bad, or just something different.

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