The headline to the first article in this Post series seems ill-chosen. Entitled In the Bible Belt, Acceptance Is Hard-Won, the article describes a
Kansas Oklahoma that is still very much in Toto's Kansas — one in which acceptance for a gay teenager is in fairly short supply, and the threat of violence in school is all too real.
There's bigotry here. Some of it is well-meaning — Michael Shackelford's mother fears
that Michael's eternal life was at stake. Janice feared that Michael would go to hell and be apart from her in the afterlife. “I'm afraid I won't see him again,” she says, her voice breaking.
But some of the bigotry is not at all well-meaning, and it drives Michael Shackelford out of high school in his sophomore year.
Looks to be a great series.
[Update: sorry about that…I let my Toto's Kansas metaphor run away with me there…]