I’m a professor in the social sciences trying to make my way in the world and recover my own independence of thought and feeling. This includes working to regain my connections to the social world through friends and family, art, literature, music, and politics. I grew up about a third of the time in western Colorado, a third in the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, and a third in southwestern Oregon. I was raised Mormon and was quite believing until college, when I gradually began to make an intellectual and spiritual split. The gay thing was always lurking in the background, but I didn’t have the courage to deal with it until I was nearly 30. I am pretty far to the left politically, but try to be as critical as possible of my values and work to envision pragmatic solutions to real problems instead of being driven by ideology. This often leaves me out of step with other thinkers and activists on the left, the queer left in particular. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.