Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken Angela Patton

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Outspoken Angela Patton

Article excerpt

I am what is called a "closet case." I was raised in a Christian home where homosexuality didn't exist. Knowing what I was but fearing it, I pretended to be like all my friends, talking about guys at school, Without realizing it, I became a homophobe in public.

Then in high school I started watching Queer as Folk. I loved it from the first episode. I was obsessed, but my obsession was kept a secret. I would sneak downstairs after everyone was in bed and watch it.

Sometime after that I was approached by a friend who also watched the show. It was great! She was straight, yet she watched a gay show! Her sister is bisexual, and they invited me to go with them to the 2003 pride parade in Cincinnati. I think that was when I finally came to terms with the fact that I was a closeted lesbian, I felt like I actually belonged, like I was meant to be there.

My mother wasn't pleased when she found out what the parade really was. I had told her it was a "rainbow festival. …

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