Growing up in a conservative Christian household, I was strictly sheltered from secular ideas. The church we attended condemned Harry Potter and held Pokémon-card burnings. I remember a friend of mine tearfully placing her carefully compiled binder of cards in the flames. My school curriculum included books by conservative pundits like Dinesh D’Souza and Bill O’Reilly, and on multiple occasions kids were expelled for smoking what our teachers called the “devil’s lettuce.”

I moved to San Francisco after college, and my world imploded. I left the church, came out, and formed deep friendships with liberal-minded people.