I grew up gay in Cambridge, class of 1967, and was active at both Cambridge Lutheran and First Baptist. After high school, I fled, not returning except to visit my parents. Though I knew from kindergarten that I was “different,” there were no role models or support systems to help me understand what I was feeling.
I recently came back to assist East Central Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in their work, and found that not a lot has changed in 45 years. Any progressive voice continues to be almost unheard, especially from community leadership.
The so-called marriage amendment is yet another potential act of repression. To learn more about the intended consequences of the amendment, I encourage Cambridge residents to attend a short play, “Families Valued,” and panel discussion on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Isanti Community Center.
Frank R. Trnka