I didn't have the patience to accept others for who they were, mostly because I didn't think others had the patience to accept me for who I was. There were the usual challenges a young gay man faces before coming out, and I don't mean for my brevity to belittle them. They're brutal. But this isn't a coming out story. This is a coming home story.
Gender has always been on my mind -- or in my face -- whether I like it or not. As a budding feminist and then a young lesbian with short hair, I was called "Sir" on more than one occasion. I didn't like it, but was happy to have the privileges that being perceived as male brought. I am over six feet tall and trained as a martial artist.
I set out to write a book to shift the narrative of the gay community and the church. Instead, I ended up writing a different story. After broader exposure to the vast challenges standing in the way of achieving the true definition of equality, the novel aims to shift the narrative of women, the LGBT community, and the determination we all need to achieve real and concrete progress for both.