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J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and recently returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Patrick holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Additional information is available at jpatrickredmond.com

What a beautiful letter!

Dear Mr. Redmond,

I just saw the link to your open letter to Ms. Medley posted on Facebook and read through it. What a beautiful sentiment and a vital message to get across to young and old. As a strong ally of the LBGTQ community, I cannot thank you enough for posting such a thoughtful and articulate letter. The pain that so many youth feel as they buck up against a community like Vincennes, Indiana must be staggering. The thought that someone would belittle their existence is heartbreaking. It angers me that Ms. Medley is so incredibly ignorant.

Furthermore, please let me say that I am sorry for the loss of your classmate so many years ago and the horrible confusion and pain you must have felt. I wish you much luck in your endeavors and again, thank you, for for putting into words what many want to express. You are fighting the good fight and doing so with grace.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

All my best,

Molly Bench

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One Comment on “What a beautiful letter!”

  1. Liz November 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I consider myself lucky to have a teacher like you. Your letter was very inspiring and encourages me to always stand up for LGBT. Thank you.

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