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Bryce Rich, 43, is a gay male doctoral student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he studies queer theology and Eastern Orthodoxy. He began his story this way:

"The road getting to here has been a long one, but this is a sort of culmination of interests in my life. This is very different from how things are often done [in the Divinity School], where we look at the academic study of religion as being separate from individual commitments."

"I was raised in Kentucky as a Southern Baptist, and that went along swimmingly until I was 16 years old and figured out that I was gay…"

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Bryce recorded his story in Chicago, Ill. on June 24, 2013.