Chapter One, In the Beginning—The Ghost of Silence
• Mel writes about a young seminarian preaching about sex at a church camp when Mel is 12.
• Mel wanted to ask the seminarian why Mel is attracted to boys but is afraid to do so.
• Mel points out the the religious right did not exist back then, nor was homosexuality a topic of general discussion.
• Mel White considers himself a child of the Religious Right, being raised in a very conservative, Christian family.
• Mel writes of Noni, his grandmother, who kept the "fires of hell" in the forefront of Mel's mind while he was growing up.
• One of White's first homosexual memories was dancing in Indian dress at a camp meeting with a bunch of other boys.
• A boy named Darrel ran over and put his arm through White's. They danced together.
• At home, White couldn't do anything but think...
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