Heather Bellamy recalls the day last summer when she walked into an eating establishment in Rockingham holding hands with her girlfriend.
“We immediately turned every head that was in the store and received dirty hateful looks,” said Bellamy, 19, who is studying history at a community college with hopes of becoming a museum curator. “The owner asked us to not hold hands because she didn’t want her children seeing that.”
It made her want to cry, she said, and reminded her once again how tough it can be to grow up gay in rural North Carolina.
“My sister and her boyfriend can hold hands and nothing happens. But when me and (my girlfriend) do it, we get all these dirty looks.”