Gay in the Heartland

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Weekend Edition Saturday, April 9, 2005 · Reporter Sarah Neal brings us a portrait of being gay in rural America through the eyes of her mother and her friends. Neal's mother is gay and lives in a region of the country known to locals as "Kentuckiana" along the Kentucky-Indiana border.

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