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Tacoma man chronicles year pretending to be gay in the Bible Belt

BY CRAIG SAILOR, THE (TACOMA) NEWS TRIBUNE

When ultra-conservative Christian Timothy Kurek came out as a gay man to his friends and family, the reaction was swift: confusion and silence.

What they didn't know was that Kurek wasn't really gay. He was beginning a yearlong experiment to see what life was like as a gay man in the Bible Belt.

Now living in Tacoma, Kurek, 26, has just released a book detailing the experience.

“The Cross in the Closet” came out Oct. 11 and has caused a media storm. He’s appeared on Barbara Walters’ “The View,” CNN, MSNBC, ABC, the BBC and dozens of other media outlets around the nation and the world.

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Interesting twist. I grew up in the Bible Belt and that's where most gays pretend to be straight not the other way around.

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