Sometimes, in passing, negative whispers, jokes and ridicule about identity and sexual orientation are murmured by acquaintances, family members and friends, Almanda said.
The 18-year-old, who says she is a lesbian, doesn’t let that bother her.
The Harlingen High School senior says what really bothers her is being told by fellow Christians that she is going to hell for what they say is the unforgivable sin of homosexuality.
She says she is more concerned about the comments she gets from congregations across the Rio Grande Valley than comments in the classroom or out on the streets.
But, Almanda says, she has found a place of belonging. That place is a church in Harlingen tucked away in the city with a small congregation."
- full report at TheMonitor.com