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My church in my hometown was founded by my great grandfather along with a few cousins and other black folks that lived close by. The church was about a tenth of a mile from my family’s land. My elementary school sits on land donated by my church. The grocery store we frequented was across the street from the school and church. My life as a child consisted of moving through a very sheltered and small triangle. 

I grew up going to Sunday school, devotional, and then the regular church service. We spent a minimum of 6 hours in the tiny air condition free church sitting on hardwood benches. The sermons never seemed happy to me as a kid. I feel like I always heard about what bad things awaited me if I didn’t live my life according to the Bible. 

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Bae went to the doctor with me this morning. I talked to the doctor about how I was feeling. He advised on next steps, then she stepped in with all of the questions. Bae having questions is her being true to herself.

While she spent a good portion of our first date avoiding my eyes, many of our first phone calls (and future dates) consisted of her asking a lot of questions about who I was. After a few months, I knew to expect clarifying questions about any statement I made. 

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Today is National Coming Out Day. It’s general Pride here in Atlanta. It’s also the weekend before my birthday. I’m in a pensive mood, so I’d like to share how I embraced my sexuality.

As a child, I remember looking through the Sunday sales papers at any ad that had bras in them. I would turn the papers at different angles to try to look through them and into them. I was 6 or 7 years old.

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The year I turned 40, I bought a house, I started a new relationship, and the doctor told me I had high blood pressure. 

I’m 4 foot 10 and ¾. I weigh around 105 pounds. 

It’s been a little over a year and a half since my initial diagnosis. I’ve tried around 5 different medications and, honestly, I’m over it. 

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Meshell Ndegéocello started her lecture at Emory University as part of their Provost Lecture Series with these words:

Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician.
Kurt Vonnegut

Let me go back, Bae asked me about this event, and I immediately said, “I don’t want to go see someone talk about Meshell Ndegéocello.” Then Bae explained she would be there speaking, and that it was free. Boom!

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