[Tye Gamey] began the discussion, describing how growing up he knew he was different. "I had a strong attraction to other guys," he told the forum, adding it caused him all sorts of problems in high school. "I was called queer, a fag, a sissy," he said. "Each time it felt like a dagger in my heart. What was worse, nobody tried to stop it. It was very hurtful."Lonely and confused, he found acceptance in Winnipeg's gay community and lived an openly gay lifestyle. But, he said, "the Spirit of God kept bringing me back" to the idea that he could change, if he wanted to. At first, he thought that was impossible, but later he came to believe that "same-sex activity was not God's plan for my life."She decided not to make her daughter's road "harder than it needs to be," she told the forum. "She is part of me. I am part of her. I love her fiercely." But when she went to church for solace and support, it felt cold and lonely; people there didn't want to talk about same-sex attraction. [Val Warkentin] withdrew emotionally from church and joined a support group for parents of gays and lesbians. "How sad, I thought, that I cannot go to a church for support like this," she said of her experience.
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