Report from Hickory: CRISIS panel

Last night I had the pleasure of taking the hour and fifteen minute drive up to Hickory. It’s a beautiful little town tucked right into the foothills of North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains.

About 100 people showed up at downtown’s Taste Full Beans coffeehouse and gallery to learn more about LGBT people, religion-based prejudice, anti-gay discrimination and growing up gay in the U.S. The topic of discussion: Mitchell Gold’s “CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America.”

Gold moderated a panel of three of the book’s contributors, including me, Faith in America Executive Director Brent Childers and Hickory resident Jeff Austin.

Despite the heavy fog returning home — boy, did that make driving difficult for me — the night was a blast. For such a small and humble town, 100 people showing up to a gay-positive event is fabulous. Hickory’s got a lot of good things going for it. I’m glad I could be even a small part of it.

Thanks to the staff of Taste Full Beans for making the night an overwhelming success!

Past post: “Sense of urgency – ‘Crisis’ book panel Thursday”

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