By Robert Mann
In the piece, the University of Louisiana Monroe student, who lives just miles from Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame, wrote:
I can’t be gay in Northeast Louisiana. I came out to my parents, and they’ve shoved me back into the closet.
“The family isn’t ready to hear that,” they said.
The family isn’t ready. Well, I suppose in all fairness it did take some getting used to myself.
I live in West Monroe, and I’m a Mass Communications student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). I moved here because it’s more progressive than my hometown, also in Northeast Louisiana. I mean, it has two gay bars. Look out San Francisco.
But West Monroe is also home to the most famous anti-gay person in the world: Phil Robertson. I’ve never met Phil. But I was raised by a Phil Robertson.
Here’s a link to a recording of the interview.