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My homosexuality estranges me from those inmates with families, and also from my fellow Christians. Still, as a writer I need a certain amount of isolation

By CAR Hills   September 2008

Prison is a profoundly heterosexual world. Homosexuals don’t seem much attracted to crime, which, among other things, is a sort of heterosexual male club. It is an essential part of the club that women and children are waiting at home.

I find talking to these family men difficult in here. I find random attempts to make contact sticky enough at the best of times. But when they mention their partners or children, and I am forced to admit that I am alone, the conversation often comes to an abrupt and chilly end.

Most prisoners are not deeply prejudiced. It is…

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