"Imagine what it's like to fear the bullies at school will find out your deepest, darkest secret--or what they'll do now that they know. Imagine what it's like to go through adolescence knowing your parents believe you're sinful or sick or wicked. Imagine what it's like to have your church shun you or your entire family. I wish these were made-up situations from novels that took place in some faraway place, but they're not. They're all stories from this book [about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transexuals]. American stories."
(From Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America, Mitchell Gold, ed., with Mindy Drucker, p.p. 337-8.)