Lou Anne fell in love with Karen in 1956 when they were both 17 and
freshmen at Baylor University. Her parents told her the
relationship was sinful and unacceptable. Seeing no other option,
she followed their direction, married, and remained faithful to her
husband for 37 years.
At age 60,
after an incident in her Baptist Sunday School class, Lou Anne could
no longer pretend to be straight. Her struggles to reconcile her
faith with being gay take her into the depths of depression. After
divorcing and "coming out," Lou Anne remained in her Baptist church
for an additional fifteen years both to be true to her faith
tradition and as an example of a gay Christian. She emerges as an
outspoken advocate for gay rights.
This story of a retired teacher, mother of four,
grandmother of six is told in an unprecedented, brutally honest
Anne currently serves on the board of East Texas PFLAG (Parents,
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). She is a former board
member of Project TAG (Tyler Area Gays) and The League of Women
Voters. She was awarded the 2010 Project TAG Advocate of the Year
Award. She spent 11 years volunteering for the Bethesda Health
Clinic and continues to volunteer with Meals on Wheels as well as
remain active with The League of Women Voters. In her "spare time"
she enjoys reading, traveling, working in the yard, playing with
grandchildren, and challenging friends to a game of Rummikub. She
formerly led an Adopt-A-Highway cleanup group, monthly Ladies Dinner group, and a monthly Board Games group for
Project TAG (Tyler Area Gays).
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Books Publishing, Salinas, California.
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