Patrick, I too grew up in the Church with a very religious group of friends and family and found from a young age that I was not at all the same as them. I realized I was lesbian around the age of twelve or thirteen and very quickly knew my religion said it was morally wrong. My family is Southern Baptist and I attended church with them until I moved out of their home to live my life without their disappointment constantly looming overhead. At 20 years old, I have abandoned my religion and am happily in a relationship with a woman who I plan to move in with next summer. I always wondered how my life would be if I stayed at home, continued to attend church, and adopted celibacy. Your story was an outstanding read. I wish you the best.