Your call: Being gay in the South
Same sex male couples at the Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
March 5th, 2013
12:20 PM ET

Your call: Being gay in the South

By CNN Radio, CNN

(CNN) - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear two key cases related to same-sex marriage later this month, CNN Radio is taking a closer look at the topic.

In particular, we're curious to find out more about what living in the South is like for gays and lesbians.

In February, Mississippi's Laurel Leader-Call newspaper reported on the first known gay wedding held in Jones County. Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven were married on February 2. The newspaper ran a picture of the happy couple on its front page.

But reaction from the newspaper's readers was anything but accepting. Many of the comments and angry calls the paper received were like this one: "It's a sad day for traditional family values when this is printed on the front of a newspaper."

Some say the South has a reputation for being less tolerant of gays and lesbians, but we'd like to hear what it's really like to be gay in the South. What kinds of attitudes have you encountered as a gay person living in the region?

We've created a confidential phone line for you to share your story. If you're willing to be contacted, leave your contact information and best times to call back.

We're interested in hearing your response to questions like these:

What challenges have you experienced as a gay person?

How do you feel people perceive your sexual identity? How much do other people focus on it?

Please share any anecdotes about how people reacted when you came out to them, whether positive or negative.

And if you have not come out yet to family or friends, what's prevented you from doing so?

Call 855-804-7198 to share your thoughts.

Your stories could be used in a podcast on CNN Radio as part of our coverage of the Supreme Court cases.

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  1. Regina Morris

    I live in central TX, what many people believe to be the south (actually southwestern, but whatever) and I am straight. But I know several gay couples and couples who are pansexual (more than two partners in a relationship at a given time) and they all seem proud and open about their sexuality. In only one case do I know of that they have not "come out" to their parents, though the rest of the family knows. I did know of a gay man who was driven out of GA because of the constant gay slurs in the work place, but he is quite happy with his partner in San Francisco now.
    If you don't like the lifestyle, don't comment on it or engage in. Jesus had NOTHING to say about homosexuality.

    March 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Peter

    Absolutely disgraceful the way people choose to speak of this topic. If gay individuals wish to get married, there is no problem either morally nor economically. "Traditional values" disgust me and all those who always seek it. God bless these couples. Living in the south, I see there is a unacceptable level of sexuality intolerance, as it is even banned under law to be married to the same-sex in North Carolina.

    March 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard miller

      Those traditional values you are disgusted by,made the best culture ever seen on the planet.What is disgusting is those who have an agenda and think nothing of tearing that up.

      March 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |