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Melissa Grimes is an alumna and employee of Mississippi State University, and a resident of Starkville, MS. She is involved with Spectrum, the LGBTQ group on campus, and an active member of University Baptist Church.

Photo credit: Lindsay McMurtray

Recent Posts

Jul 07, 2014

Trigger Warning: Discussion of suicide and self-harm

There is so much blood on the hands of Christians. From the Crusades to the modern anti-gay laws of Uganda, we are drenched in a legacy of blood. Perhaps it is fitting.

After all, Christianity was born out of blood spilled on the cross.

I had heard all the sermons. I had tried earnestly to pray away the gay. I can't count the nights I laid awake praying I would wake up straight. I thought couldn't be this way. I thought it was wrong.

Jan 30, 2014

On January 21, 2014, the Starkville Board of Aldermen took a historic step making our city the first municipality in Mississippi to pass a resolution showing support for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The passage of this resolution brings hope to the LGBT community of Starkville, as we struggle daily with claiming our basic civil rights.

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