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I was born into the Catholic church, and I wasn’t able to leave until I was 18. I still feel haunted by it now. I realized I was queer and non-binary when I was a teen, but because the church told me those things were fundamentally wrong, I shoved those feelings down. After I left, I started reflecting on how the Church's teachings shape a child’s impressionable mind. I felt I needed to make this, and if I didn’t I would explode, because this is an incredibly common experience that isn’t widely discussed, and I want to talk about it.

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