by Sherry Scott
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Pub Date 24 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2022
Sherry Scott and her two cousins fiercely defended their roles within the sanctity of their playhouses. But a six-year stint in a fundamentalist religious organization thwarted Scott's understanding of gender. Homosexuality was an insidious, infective spirit that conferred fear upon her adolescent naivete, eventually eroding relations between the cousins.
"Reconciling who we were took years, but survival led to relational ties without fear and heart for activism in the face of rising institutionalized discrimination."
A journey from corrosive indoctrination to celebrating the difference in others she always knew existed.
A Note From the Publisher
“Sherry Scott succeeds with humour, kindness and grace as she reflects on childhood adolescence, and young adulthood in dealing with prejudicial perspectives.” –Bruce Noll, poet and creator of PURE GRASS
Average rating from 3 members
This is a sad an intriguing book .
I couldn't put the book down even though I couldn't believe whatcha was reading.
So sad and wrong on many levels.
Definitely worth a read
IThe writer expresses her views on homosexuality . Playhouses is the story of one person’s escape from extreme teachings to become an advocate for acceptance of gays ,same sex marriages .
"Playhouses" was near and dear to my Southern-born, fundamentalist-bred heart. As someone who has lived a similar experience in how I was taught to view human rights, this book gave me hope. It was beautiful to read Sherry's story unfold. I'm grateful she was courageous enough to tell the truth about what Christian fundamentalist religion looks like from the inside and how hurtful it is to many - especially the queer community. Her desire to become an activist and fight for LGBTQIA+ rights after having seen what happens inside hateful religious belief systems rekindled my faith in humanity.
Quote: "Kudos to understanding parents who afforded me spiritual curiosity, possibly rooted in their own partings from traditions of the Baptist and Church of Christ houses of faith. But what they nor I readily recognized was the longstanding consequence of entering such an exclusively held view: 'looking on from the outside does not convey the truth of being on the inside.' In other words, the straight and narrow way was designed for the few and enlightened, and the separation from others in the form of dress, lifestyle, and obsessive worship sealed the belief that the more misunderstood we were, the more living proof that the church's persecution in the end times belonged exclusively to us."