I’m a 57 year old lesbian living in cowboy country in Alberta, Canada. When I was a teenager, I didn’t even know lesbians existed. After an unhappy 5 year marriage, I left and shortly after that came out. I’ve lived with my partner for 30 years now and we’re welcomed in this rural community by some and tolerated at least by most. Clearly though it is still an issue for us and more dangerous yet for gay men. Most LGBT people move to the city. Gay male ranchers marry women and have children if they want to be allowed to stay on the ranch and inherit. To all the young people out there – it definitely DOES get better. If you’re unhappy, there are lots of supportive adults. Talk with someone.