I’ve been aware of the CFI for years. Every so often I check in to see what is new. This time I discovered the forums, so I had to sign up. I like exchanging ideas. Learning is important too.
Raised in a fundamentalist Baptist church. At 12, I realized that I was gay, but didn’t even know what to call it. But I heard over and over how bad gay people were, and that it was a choice. I spent my teen years and my college days (at a “christian” college) trying to become straight. As part of my “healing”, my first spouse and I were told that getting married would be an act of faith and bring about my conversion. It didn’t. Seven years and two children later, the marriage ended. At 29 I entered the gay/secular/real world and what a surprise. Everything I had learned was wrong. Now I am concerned about what youth hear in fundy churches and their extended pulpits via right wing politicians.
I have a BA in French and Communications. My first career was in broadcasting, “christian” broadcasting for the most part. Then I hopped on the computer wave and rode desktop publishing and multimedia sales and support until that opened a door at a large university. I so loved working with students. A series of surgeries apparently was the trigger bringing on fibromyalgia. About 10 years ago, my work ended and health issues swirled around me. Now that life has settled down, I am more involved with life and people again.
I have an adult son, married, with a granddaughter. I also have an adult daughter. They all live near Buffalo, NY. I live near other family members here in Florida.
Gardening, hiking, and artwork keep me busy along with too much time on line either chatting or exploring. I want to figure out what to do with the children’s stories and poetry that I write. [Sales material removed. dougsmith—Admin]