Missing Communion

Laura’s Team Pick:

You know when you read a good story and it incidentally happens to be queer, which just makes it that much better because you’re like “I get that”? If you do, then I have a story for you. Actually, M.J. Corey does and you can read it at Killing the Buddha (an online magazine about religion, politics, and culture that works to “increase understanding about today’s living religions in relation to pressing social issues through public engagement and education.” Yay!)

I felt recognition with the big holy room. I knew it all already. The Lebanese families smiled at me and I smiled at them like we had a hidden secret and it was that we knew we were the same kind. I realized that I felt the same way here at this Lebanese Maronite church as I did at the bars I’d just nervously started going to so that I could meet other women who were like me.

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  1. i just read that whole thing and i didn’t even think i would. i feel like i have overcome the perils of tabbed browsing.

    i don’t know. i’m having feelings now. and i will conclude this comment.

  2. i, too, am having feelings. mostly of the crying-variety. it’s odd (to me). religion is hard. faith is not.

  3. wow, this story was so good. it was exactly what i wanted to be reading this morning and i didn’t even realize it until i was in the middle of it.
    thanks for telling us about it.

  4. Oh wow! I love this!!
    I’m Lebanese, Maronite and a Lesbian! :) It’s so rare to be represented!!
    Thank you for this Autostraddle!!

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