Flat on his back, staring into the cylinders and bearings, Michael fixes his truck like he wishes he could fix himself. He drove 22 miles to the Barnes & Noble in Tulsa, where the gay books are discreetly kept in the back of the store on a shelf labeled “Sociology.” While the rest of the country is debating same-sex marriage, Michael’s America is still dealing with the basics. Michael loves this place, but can it still be home?
In the first weeks of Oklahoma’s 2004 legislative session, 10 anti-gay bills were introduced, including one to ban gay marriage and another to prohibit the recognition of out-of-state adoptions by same-sex couples.
The damnation mixed with the bluest skies, so beautiful and round.
“Lady, I already know I’m going to marry a woman,” the student told the social worker. ” For Michael Shackelford, blond and earnest, the question of salvation is a serious one.
But his concerns about eternal life are eclipsed by the here and now of being a gay teenager in the rural town of Sand Springs, west of Tulsa.
To this day, the United Way-funded agency does not publicize the location and times of its meetings.