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I’m the Same Person


Author: Brooke Dozier
Reviewer: Bradley Donalson

1 ImSameNative Houstonian and married lesbian Brooke Dozier offers up the story of her lifelong attempts to reconcile her sexuality and her faith in I’m the Same Person. Following her childhood in a supposedly “ideal” family that hid its brokenness and dysfunction, she attended college, earned a master’s degree in religious studies, and became a youth minister. Then she describes the events that led to leaving her church, moving back to Houston, and meeting the love of her life.

Throughout all of this, Dozier deals with her sexuality and the repression she had to put herself through in order to conform to an image that was being forced upon her. Only after she found a way to reconcile her sexuality and her faith could she begin the healing that she longed for.

Dozier shares her story in the hope that it will help her own process and inspire others to share their stories after learning about the struggles she faced. Dozier writes like she is speaking with a friend, complete with tangential stories and trailing conversational points. Readers will feel like they’ve made a new friend that they could chat with over coffee.

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Bradley Donalson

Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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