The friends survive together, as described in intensely vulnerable detail. Names of students have been altered to protect their identities. For Wyatt, a recent Calvin alumnus, Calvin felt like a much safer place than his fundamentalist, Baptist upbringing, which enforced strong gender expectations, including the belief that same-sex attraction is itself sinful. All Rights Reserved. Go Tell It on the Mountainfor example, is not about a church, and Giovanni is not really about homosexuality. Heartbreak eventually ensues and Nan is left to her own defenses on the streets in the big city. From what I read, the article does not pass judgement either way — it just gives an honest look at the issues involved.
When Jonah was in junior high, he was zealously involved with the church, leading Sunday school classes and accepting their position on homosexuality, which matched that of the CRC.
At the time, Jonah was not sure he wanted to date another man, since his Christian convictions had led him to believe it would be wrong. I agree with your sentiments, but I think you should take the Chimes with a grain of salt. October is LGBT history month, and while there is increasing awareness about historical figures like Harvey Milk and Alan Turing, stories of great gay loves are still in short supply. But the novella's legacy endures, amd it serves as an important artifact of secret desire at the turn of the 20th century.
Hulst also leads a Bible study group in her office that offers a space for LGBTQ students to be in community with each other.